Novel About Jewish-Palestinian Love Affair Is Barred From Israeli Curriculum


**A novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man has been barred from Israel’s high school curriculum, reportedly over concerns that it could encourage intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews.
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Deciding against making a novel part of the national curriculum is hardly “barring” it from the curriculum.

By that sort of reasoning, Tolstoy’s War and Peace is barred from my school district’s curriculum for second graders! Oh noes!


I heard about this book, Israel is a very non-racist society, look how Arabs can live in Israel but by comparison, Israelis can not live in Palestine.


The Israeli high school curriculum includes books on a variety of hot-button issues, including Khirbet Khizeh, a 1949 novel about the expulsion of Arabs from a fictional village by Israeli soldiers, and A Trumpet in the Wadi, a 1987 novel about a love affair between a Jewish man and a Christian Arab woman. Rabinyan has another work on the list.

In an interview with Army Radio, Fenig said having another book on the list that deals with relationships between Jews and non-Jews was one reason Borderlife was excluded.

If being popular was a good enough reason for being a part of the high school curriculum, 50 Shades of Grey might top the list of reading in North American high schools


Your statements are not representative of Israel today.

Read Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal for its detailed description of the growing racism and intolerance of present day Israel. The Knesset is increasingly dominated by religious and racial extremists who are intent on regarding Israeli Arabs as an alien element worthy of increasing suspicion and repression.


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