Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan found herself in the eye of a storm after the Education Ministry disqualified her novel about a love story between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man over a year-and-a-half ago.
The book, published in English (set to be released in the U.S. April 25, 2017) as "All the Rivers," tells the story of Liat, an Israeli translator, and Hilmi, a Palestinian artist, who meet and fall in love in New York, until they part ways for her to return to Tel Aviv and he to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
That was enough for the ministry to decide that it should be disqualified from high-school curriculums in an effort to maintain what was referred to as “the identity and the heritage of students in every sector,” alongside the belief that “intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threatens the separate identity."
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The Education Ministry also expressed concern 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.”
While sales of the book have soared throughout Israel since its disqualification, Rabinyan experienced harassment and backlash for her work, as she describes here.