Dalia Fenig, an education ministry official who pushed through the book banning, based her decision on the romance novel’s portrayal of interracial love.
“The story is based on a romantic motif of impossible prohibited/secret love,” she said.
The group have now begun advertising for people to join the 'Jewish Honour Guard'.
Pictured: Dov, a co-ordinator for the Lehava in his Israeli town, out in Jerusalem with activists on a Thursday evening But it does not stop there.
Yet despite being under investigation for four years, the hate-filled campaigners operate in the central square of Jerusalem where they openly incite violence every Thursday night, the eve of the Israeli weekend.
Supermodel: Bar Rafaeli, who is Jewish and was dating Leonardo Dicaprio, is one of the high-profile names who have been urged not to marry outside their own religion by far-right radical fringe group Lehava'To do what God says you're supposed to do, not what you think in your head that you're supposed to do.
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.
Still, I think that things will calm down soon,” Agbariyah explains.An Israeli couple poses for their wedding photographer as graves and a mosque (R) are seen in the background at Nabi Musa in the Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho, Nov. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad) It was a real challenge to find people who agreed to be interviewed for this piece.While there are quite a few mixed couples in Israel, with one partner Jewish and the other Muslim, many of them are afraid to provide a glimpse into their fascinating lives.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.