The Israeli government banned a romance novel depicting an interracial Jewish-Arab relationship from schools, according to reports in the Israeli media.
Israel’s education ministry ruled that the book “Gader Haya” (“Hedgegrow” in Hebrew, but translated into English as “Borderline”) cannot be used in high schools, claiming the love story threatens “the identity and the heritage of students in every sector.”In the justification for its decision, education ministry officials insisted “intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threaten the separate identity,” warning that “young people of adolescent age don’t have the systemic view that includes considerations involving maintaining the national-ethnic identity of the people and the significance of miscegenation.”Prominent right-wing Israeli news outlet Arutz Sheva described the book as a “pro-assimilation novel.” “Assimilation” is often used by the Israeli right as a euphemism for miscegenation.“Gader Haya” tells the story of an Israeli translator and a Palestinian artist who fall in love in New York.
Now especially, when the street is becoming a jungle and hatred is bubbling over and blinding so many people from both religions, these families prefer to seclude themselves until the rage passes. It’s not something you can hide,” Alaa Agbariyah tells Al-Monitor. While many mixed families lived in mixed cities, Alaa and Hagar live in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. I’m not afraid that anything will happen there,” he says, “but on my way to work, on the bus, anything can happen. Ever since this all began, I’ve preferred to drive to work with friends instead of taking the bus.” He says that the current wave of violence has had no impact on his relationship with Jewish friends and colleagues at work.
Still, people are afraid to visit him at home, and he understands why.
In a recording of the hotline obtained by Mail Online this week, the group has dropped the specific demand for informers and instead advertises martial arts seminars for the training of the 'Jewish Honour Guard'.
Lehava, a radical fringe group in Israel, hunts down people sleeping with 'goys' - or non-Jews '- then 'persuades' them to separate, attacks Christians as 'vampires' and 'bloodsuckers' and is justifying attacks on churches using the Bible.
Their relationship later falls apart when the Palestinian man must return to Ramallah, a city in the West Bank, which has been under an illegal military occupation by Israel since 1967.
The book is not explicit; numerous education professionals and teachers insisted that it “is appropriate for students in the upper grades of high schools.” Israel’s education ministry banned it because of its portrayal of an interracial relationship.
Being Israeli, he was able to read the Bible in the original Hebrew, and he discovered major misinterpretations in the Christian translation.
He was a truth seeker, and so he contacted the local Orthodox Beit Din to begin a conversion process. And my family was fully observant of Shabbat, kosher, the whole shebang.