Israeli censorship? Video of Arab and Jewish Israelis kissing removed from Facebook.

Published January 8th, 2016 - 12:19 GMT

A video posted by TimeOut Tel Aviv showing Jewish and Arab Israelis kissing has disappeared from Facebook only hours after being posted. The video was created in response to the Education Ministry's decision to disqualify a book about a Jewish-Arab love affair, Haaretz reported.

Facebook told Haaretz that it had not removed the video of straight and gay couples kissing, and the reason for the video being taken down remains unclear. Meanwhile, the video has been viewed over 100,000 times.

Amid the uproar created by the ministry's decision not to include the book, "Borderlife" by Dorit Rabinyan in the high school curriculum, TimeOut decided to produce a video of Arab and Jewish Israelis kissing one another. Most were not couples in real life and met for the first time in front of the camera.

In the video, when asked how it felt to kiss a stranger of a different ethnicity and religion, one participant replied, "less strange than the [Arab-Israeli] conflict."

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