The Israeli Ministry of Education has banned â€śBorderlineâ€ť from use in high schools.The Ministry explained its decision to ban Dorit Rabinya’s â€śBorderlineâ€ť from high schools as to maintain â€śthe identity and heritage of students in every sectorâ€ť and out of concern that â€śintimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threatens the separate identity.â€ť
â€śBorderlineâ€ť tells the story of a Jewish Israeli translator and a Palestinian artist falling in love in New York before eventually returning to Tel Aviv and Ramallah, respectively.
The Ministry also asserted that â€śyoung people of adolescent age donâ€™t have the systemic view that includes considerations involving maintaining the national-ethnic identity of the people and the significance of miscegenation.â€ť
Education Minister and member of the right-wing Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, approved of the decision.
Rabinyaâ€™s â€śBorderlifeâ€ť has enjoyed critical acclaim. The book won this yearâ€™s Bernstein Prize for young writers â€“ an annual Israeli literary prize. Furthermore, according to Haaretz, a large number of literature teachers requested that â€śBorderlifeâ€ť be approved for use in advanced literature classes.
Middle East Eye reported that Shlomo Herzig, the head of literary studies at the ministry, appealed the decision. Herzig commented: â€śthe acute problem of Israeli society today is the terrible ignorance and racism that is spreading in it, and not concern over intermarriage.’
Herzigâ€™s appeal was denied.
The ministryâ€™s decision to ban Borderline from high schools is reflective of the Israeli governmentâ€™s methodical efforts to not only entrench the occupation, but also to restrict public discourse so that the next generation of Israelis approves of it.
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