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Rabbis call on govt to "guard" Israel's daughters

Rabbis call for restriction on foreign women entering Israel

Israeli rabbis want the government to reduce the number of foreign female workers entering the Jewish state because the country's male employers are being seduced by their charms, which poses a risk to Jewish women, a report said on Monday.

The plea follows an appeal lodged at a rabbinical court south of Tel Aviv by a scorned wife whose husband had an affair with a Filippina employee, said the Hebrew paper Maariv daily.

"The authorities should apply restrictions to guard the honor of Israel's daughters," wrote Rabbi Nahum Gortald, the head of the tribunal.

"It is inconceivable that a man leaves a spouse whose beauty bears the traces of time for a younger foreign employee," he said.

There is no civil marriage law in Israel, and people of different religions must go abroad to marry.