In December, the Israeli government banned the award-winning novel Borderlife from school curriculums. The book, by Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan, told the story of a Jewish woman from Tel Aviv falling in love with a young Palestinian artist. Israel’s Ministry Of Education justified the ban by saying Israeli schoolchildren were not concerned enough with the “significance of miscegenation.”
But Israel is far from the only country in the Middle East that has officially prohibited “dangerous” novels from besmirching the minds of their noble citizens. Let’s take a look at other works of fiction that have been suppressed by the region’s rulers over the years.