"War prisoners apart, the average citizen of Oceania never sets eyes on a citizen of either Eurasia or Eastasia, and he is forbidden the knowledge of foreign languages. If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate. It is therefore realized on all sides that however often Persia, or Egypt, or Java, or Ceylon may change hands, the main frontiers must never be crossed by anything except bombs."
- George Orwell, 1984.
Photo: Aerial view of Israel's Wall, separating the Israeli village of Baqaa al-Gharbiya (L) and the Palestinian village of Nazlat Issa in the West Bank. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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In a region racked by violence and animosity, a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman have dared to fall in love. But their life together has had to wait as Israeli laws keep them apart. Osama Zatar, an Arab, and Jasmin Avissar, a Jew, met and fell in love at the animal shelter near Jerusalem where they both worked. But after the two 25-year-olds married in 2004, they found themselves entangled in a web of laws that prevent them from living together as husband and wife. Israelis are legally forbidden to enter Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank known as "Areas A", for security reasons. Conversely, the Nationality and Entry into Israel law, introduced in 2003, forbids residency or citizenship to any Palestinian from the occupied territories married to an Israeli. So Avissar could not live in her husband's home in Ramallah and he did not have a permit to visit her in Jerusalem...