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Israeli schools to teach Hebrew as the only language in the state

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Israeli Education Ministry ordered Israeli civics teachers that from now on they have to teach their students that the only official language in the country is Hebrew, in accordance with the nation-state law, according to Haaretz.

The ministry ignored mentioning Arabic, the language of the indigenous people, who account for nearly 20% of the residents inside the Green Line.

The instruction to teachers appears in a document posted last week by the woman in charge of civics education, Einat Ohayon, on the official website, where an analysis of the answers from the matriculation exam administered in the summer of 2019 was posted.

The document includes examples of correct answers to exam questions. On one of the matriculation questions the students were asked to present the status of Hebrew. According to the analysis, “During this [exam] period an answer was received that refers to the status of Hebrew prior to the Basic Law on Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People: Hebrew.

The nation-state law, which was passed in the Knesset in July 2018, determines that Hebrew is “the language of the country” whereas Arabic has a “special status.” Its status is lower, but arrangements for its use in government institutions will be defined in law.

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