Sealed with a kiss? Excluded book celebrating Israeli and Palestinian love is bestseller in Israel after public outcry
An award-winning novel about a romance between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man has become an unlikely hit in Israel after being excluded from the country's school curriculum.
Tel Aviv-based author Dorit Rabinyan's Gader Haya, titled Borderlife in English, topped the bestseller lists amid a cultural outcry over the education ministry's decision to shelve it from the country's classrooms.
A campaign led by a video of Jews and Arabs kissing was launched in protest at the ministry's decision last week.
The video, organised by Time Out Tel Aviv magazine, featured six couples of different genders and sexualities who were happy to celebrate their love on camera.
Borderlife was rejected by senior officials in the country's education ministry for fear it could stoke up Jewish-Arab tension, despite teachers declaring their keenness to discuss it with pupils in the classroom.