A video showing couples of Jews and Arabs kissing each other has mysteriously disappeared from Facebook, hours after it was released on the social media site.
The video, produced by TimeOut Tel Aviv, was in response to a recent ruling by Israel's Ministry of Education to remove from its high school curriculum Borderlife, a book written by Dorit Rabinyan which portrays a love affair between a Jew and an Arab.
The video—which asked gay and straight couples, many of whom had never met one another, to kiss for the camera—went viral within hours, garnering some 100,000 views and more than 5,000 shares since it was released Thursday morning. The TimeOut producers behind its creation said they saw it as a way to respond to a ruling by the Ministry of Education many saw as absurd. The move reliably made waves online, and it's easy to see why—at one moment, a gay couple is asked whether it was strange kissing someone from a different race and religion, to which one replied, "less strange than the Arab-Israeli conflict."
But by Thursday night the clip had mysteriously disappeared.
TimeOut Tel Aviv said it first suspected Facebook was behind the take-down, perhaps bowing to pressure from those who opposed the video. But the social media giant told Israeli publication Haaretz it had no part in the removal.
As for how it ended up off the social media site, TImeOut's producers say they're still not sure, adding that the clip was still available via their own website and YouTube.
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