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It's Complicated: The Path of an Israeli-Palestinian Love Story

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JERUSALEM — Dorit Rabinyan’s love story was selling very well despite, and maybe because of, the lovers: an Israeli woman and a Palestinian artist who meet in the frost of a New York winter not long after the Sept. 11 attacks. It was based on her real romance that she turned into a prizewinning novel in 2014.

Then Rabinyan, a well-known writer here since her 20s, became a national cause. In late 2015, the Israeli Education Ministry announced it would pull the book, whose tentative English title at the time was “Borderlife,” from its approved list for high school teaching. The move came amid a larger debate about the right-wing government’s crackdown on opponents, from rights groups to disillusioned soldiers.

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