Friday, 20 August 2010

ISRAEL: Language as a Bridge between Peoples: People as a Bridge between Languages

Filed under: Media and Conflict,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 12:41 PDT

Israeli Arabs make up a large minority group (20%) within the general population of the country. This group suffers from discrimination at different levels of Israeli society, in the public as well as private sectors. Contemporary state initiated policies of affirmative action, have yet to be proven efficient tools in the struggle against ongoing Arab under-representation in Israel’s workforce and institutions of higher education…

So what can bridge the gaps and get the two communities to communicate with one another?

In the upcoming school year (2010-2011) a local grassroots initiative will challenge the traditional way we Israelis think of Arabs in general and our conception of the Arabic language in particular.

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