Advocating for Arabic

 

In the wake of the recent violence in mixed Arab-Jewish cities, NIF grantee Sikkuy – The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality has launched a campaign encouraging Jews to learn Arabic. The campaign, entitled “It’s also possible to do things differently,” is based on the assumption that the inability to communicate through language results in separation, unfamiliarity, alienation and fear.

Sikkuy and Madrasa – Learning to Communicate, which offers free Arabic courses for Israelis have called on the Ministry of Education to expand Arabic teaching in Jewish schools and have produced a short clip showing a typical everyday scene in an Israeli park used by Arabs and Jews and where their children could play together, if only they spoke each other’s language.

July 2021