bilingual schools in israel

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    For decades, senior statesmen have failed to negotiate an end to hostilities in the Middle East. Lauren Joseph, a former Hingham resident now living and working in Israel, said she believes the best chance of achieving a lasting peace lies with Israeli children – Jews and Arabs who are educated in bilingual, multicultural schools.

    Joseph, 24, is director of development for the Hagar School, the country’s newest bilingual school, which is in Beer Sheva in southern Israel.

    “Although Israel is a bilingual state, very few Jews speak Arabic … and it’s not a good thing,” said Joseph, who is fluent in Hebrew and is learning Arabic.

    “If you hear someone speaking a language that you don’t understand and it’s a language associated with people who don’t like you, you think the worst. The person may be asking for directions, but you think he is going to harm you.”

    Just as important as learning the other person’s language is learning about his or her traditions, religion and culture.

    http://www.patriotledger.com/featur...man-finds-a-pocket-of-peace-in-Israeli-school

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    good stuff.
     
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    her mom's the local rabbi here. the daughter's a nice kid, and is putting her life where her beliefs are. i have great admiration for her, and who knows, it may just work. that'd be nice.
     
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    The language of Israel is hebrew, just like the language of America is English .
     
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    and here you are, speaking fluent asshole. :thup:

    funny world, ain't it?
     
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    well, that sure didn't take long.


    *sigh*
     
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    4 minutes.

    makes you wonder about trolls and what else they might do with the oxygen they are wasting.

    from what i understand english is a mandatory learn for the israeli students.

    certainly being able to understand each other is a big step toward peace.
     
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    There's something to be said for people needing to speak the same language in order to communicate.

    Good for them. Now maybe they should do the same thing in the territories. ;)
     
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    The difference between theory and reality....or delusion and reality.

    You may WISH the language is English, and if you want to succeed in life in this country you better speak good standard English, but a substantial portion of our country has long had two languages - historically evident from place names, cuisine, and culture and pretending it doesn't exist won't make it disappear. Same with Israel. You can pretend to make everyone speak hebrew (which, by the way, was a resurrected dead language spoken by none of the native inhabitants) or you can accept reality and do what is best for ALL of your citizens to create a safer and better environment.
     
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    Yup.

    Learning a foreign language is the first step towards understanding another culture.
     

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