Just a few weeks ago, Israel's Education Ministry banned Dorit Rabinyan's book, Gader Haya, also known by its English translated title Borderline, from being taught at high schools around the country. The book depicts a love story between an Israeli Jewish woman and a Palestinian Muslim man.
According to Haaretz, one of the reasons provided by the ministry was a conviction that "intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threatens the separate identity." They also added, "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."
Ironically, the ban resulted in the book becoming a bestseller in Israel, with as many as 5,000 copies being sold a week. But buying wasn't the public's only response to the ban.
Time Out Tel Aviv released a 2-minute YouTube video, and our hearts are officially melting.
Six couples, each composed of a Jewish and Arab partner, were asked to perform a "forbidden deed" by kissing on camera to express their love for each other.
Some were real-life couples, some were just friends, and others were complete strangers, meeting for the first time on the shoot.
"Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies," it says at the end of the video.
Enjoy, and spread the love.
(H/T: The Guardian)