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Closed Society: January 1, 2012

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Half of the museums that are required to provide visitors with Arabic captions as a prerequisite to receiving financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Sport fail to do so.

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Political: June 16, 2011

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MK Lia Shemtov (Israel Beitenu) wrote the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, and the Transport Minister Israel Katz (Likud), asking them to remove the signs in Arabic on the Jerusalem Light Rail. According to her, a law stating that Arabic is an official language in Israel never existed, and all use of it is derived from a law dated back to the British mandate (The king’s order to his council). “The Supreme Court had stated that the use of Arabic is required by the central government and not the municipalities when discussing road signs”.

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Political: June 16, 2011

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Hadash’s Web site had published several articles and reports in Arabic that express support for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. The articles were not published on the Hebrew Web site of the party.

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Political: 30 May, 2011

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MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) proposed a bill according to which all neighborhoods in Jerusalem will be referred to strictly by Hebrew names in official documents, civic signs, and official press and media.

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May 30th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Closed Society: 22 April, 2011

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Acre City Councilman Ahmed Ooda (of the Hadash party) demands of the Mayor, Shimon Lankry, that signs in Arabic be installed in the entrance to City Hall. Ooda says he has previously asked for the addition of Arabic signage, but the response was negative. When the municipality was remodeled and the sign replaced, Arabic was not added.

[Translator's note: Acre is a mixed city, with a significant Arabic-speaking population.]

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April 22nd, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Closed Society: 22 March, 2011

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Officials of the Aroma restaurant chain have made it mandatory for their franchises, that employees of the chain should only speak Hebrew in front of customers.

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Education: 14 January, 2011

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The Minister of Education denied at the Knesset that the Principal at the 7th Municipal High School in Jaffa prohibited his Arab students from speaking Arabic amongst themselves while in class. This despite the recording provided here, in which the principal confirms his directive and rationalizes it.

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January 14th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Political: 5th January, 2011

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A confrontation broke out between the Speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, and MK Henin Zuebi, after the latter claimed that the education system discriminates against the Arab pupils. Her remarks followed a report that the Mekif Z School in Jaffa refused to allow students to speak in Arabic. After Zuebi said “this is a problem of the Israeli school system, which did not teach for 60 years our language, Arabic”, Rivlin told her: “You’re trying to make propaganda. There’s a limit to tolerance, as well. You’re trying to turn the Knesset into a bully pulpit against the State of Israel. You want to use that pulpit so that Arabic will also be spoken in the state”. (Hebrew)

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Political: 22nd December, 2010

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An intense debate broke out in the Knesset plenum, after MK Ahmed Tibi demanded that the Ministry of Education issue matriculation diplomas in Arabic, Even though Arabic is an official language in Israel, the Ministry stopped issuing diplomas in this language in the 1970s, and as a result thousands of Arab students who wish to study in the Arab world are forced to pay for the translation of the diplomas and notary affirmations. MK Nissim Ze’ev (Shas) said in reply to Tibi’s demand that “the purpose of MK Tibi is self-explanatory: he wishes to turn Israel into a bi-national country”. The Education Minister, Gideon Sa’ar, estimated that issuing Arabic matriculation diplomas will cost the state millions of shekels. (Hebrew)

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December 25th, 2010 at 12:20 pm