Arab-Jewish love story rejected for Israeli schools

Education ministry says teenagers cannot grasp significance of assimilation as novel is excluded from school curriculum.

    According to the Haaretz, Israel's Education Minister Naftali Bennett has backed the decision to disqualify the book [AP]
    According to the Haaretz, Israel's Education Minister Naftali Bennett has backed the decision to disqualify the book [AP]

    Israel's education ministry has rejected a request to include a novel about a romance between a Jew and an Arab for use by high schools in the country.

    The Israeli daily Haaretz quoted a letter on Thursday written by education official Dalia Fenig as saying the book shouldn't be included because teens cannot grasp the "significance of assimilation". 

    The ministry did not specifically articulate why Dorit Rabinyan's "Gader Haya" (literally "Hedgegrow," but known in English as "Borderlife") was excluded from the curriculum.  

    It did mention, however, that there was a need to maintain "the identity and the heritage of students in every sector" and that "intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threatens the separate identity".

    Teachers had requested that the book be included in the ministry's reading list but its content was deemed unfit for high school students.

    "Borderlife", published in Hebrew by Am Oved is the story of Liat, an Israeli translator, and Hilmi, a Palestinian artist, who fall in love in New York, until they part ways for her to return to Tel Aviv and he to the West Bank city of Ramallah.

    This year, the book won the coveted Bernstein Prize for young writers. 

    According to Haaretz, Israel's education minister, Naftali Bennett, backed the book's rejection.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    We visualised 1.2 million votes at the UN since 1946. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world today?

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.