Thursday, January 7, 2016 |
TimeOut Tel Aviv magazine has released a video of Jews and Arabs kissing to protest a decision by the Israeli Ministry of Education to remove the book Borderlife by Dorit Rabinyan from a list of recommended reading for high school students taking advanced literature courses.
Borderlife - not currently available in English - depicts a forbidden love affair between an Israeli Jew and Palestinian Muslim.
In the video (posted above), couples, friends and strangers - male, female, gay and straight - kiss for the cameras.
"Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies," TimeOut Tel Aviv wrote in its blog post, entitled "Kiss & Tell."
According to Haaretz, an Israeli daily newspaper, the Education Ministry said it removed the book to maintain "identity and heritage of students in every sector," adding that "intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threatens the separate identity."
The Washington Post reports that some high school teachers are planning to ignore the ruling, while bookstores across the country are seeing an increase in sales.