Israeli Government Bans Book over “Fears of Intermarriage”

Sales of Dorit Rabinyan’s “Gader Haya” skyrocket; publisher orders new printing

Israeli students at Beit Ezekiel elementary school (photo: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

On Thursday a battery of Israeli politicians and writers lambasted a government decision to disqualify from high school curricula a book which contains a love story between an Israeli and a Palestinian.

The Education Ministry announced that Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan’s “Gader Haya” (“Hedgerow,” but known in English as “Borderlife”) had been rejected for inclusion.

Teachers had requested the book’s inclusion in the ministry’s reading list but its content was deemed unfit for high school students.

“Officials discussed the matter of including the book in the curriculum,” the ministry said in a statement Thursday. “After it seriously examined all the considerations, and weighed the advantages and drawbacks, they decided not to include the book in the curriculum.”

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