Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan holds her Hebrew-language novel titled "Gader Haya" (known in English as "Borderlife") on December 31, 2015 as she poses at her house in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO/ GIL COHEN-MAGEN
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Israel's education ministry has disqualified a book depicting a love story between an Israeli and a Palestinian from school curriculs, sparking an outcry from cultural figures but a boost in sales.The education ministry said Thursday that Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan's "Gader Haya" (translated as "Borderlife" in English) had been rejected for inclusion in school curricula.The ministry provided no further details on the rejection of the book, which Israeli media reported had been recommended for inclusion by a ministry-backed committee.Newspaper Haaretz quoted an education ministry official, Dalia Penig, saying one of the reasons for the exclusion was that the book could undermine the "separate identities" of Jews and Arabs.Deborah Harris, Rabinyan's agent, said the book was a success in Israel in 2015 and publishing rights had already been sold in English, French, German and other languages – with publications due in 2016 .
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