• A gay Jewish/Arab couple in a video produced by Time Out Tel Aviv (YouTube)Source: YouTube
A video featuring both opposite and same sex-attracted Jews and Arabs kissing has had hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and Facebook.
Drew Sheldrick

13 Jan 2016 - 12:48 PM  UPDATED 13 Jan 2016 - 12:51 PM

A video featuring kissing Jewish and Arab couples - male and female, gay and straight - has had nearly half-a-million views since its release last week.

Produced by Time Out Tel Aviv, the video was put together in response to a decision to ban a book that describes an affair between a Jewish woman and an Arab man from schools in Israel, according to the publication.

TimeOut Tel Aviv asked six Jews and six Arabs to meet and kiss on camera. Some of them were couples, some were friends, and others had never met prior to the shoot.

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