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Israeli And Arab Couples Kiss In Moving Video To Show 'They'll Refuse To Be Enemies' After Book Ban

08/01/2016 15:43 GMT | Updated 11/01/2016 15:59 GMT

Videos of strangers awkwardly kissing on camera was one of 2015's most popular video trends. But a new twist on the well-copied theme is genuinely heartwarming.

Six pairs of Israeli and Arab men and women - some gay, others straight - were filmed in the intimate act to promote cross-cultural tolerance and mutual respect.

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Two strangers lock lips

The act was sparked by the Israeli education minister, who decided to ban a book from the country's high school curriculum that told of an affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man.

Rejection of author Dorit Rabinyan’s tale 'Borderlife', published in 2014, sparked uproar in Israel, critics accusing the government of censorship.

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To hit back, TimeOut Tel Aviv created a touching video in a bid to promote the message: "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies."

The pair of couples, producers said, had "decided to do the 'forbidden deed' and express love in front of our camera".

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Another couple pictured embracing

We'll let them take it away!