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Digital Subscriptions > Newsweek International > 26th May 2017 > In Israel, Arabic has long been a quasi-oicial language. It may soon get a tacit demotion

In Israel, Arabic has long been a quasi-oicial language. It may soon get a tacit demotion

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IN ISRAEL, Arabic has long been taught in schools, spoken in the parliament and posted on road signs. It is not the oicial language, but neither is Hebrew, the mother tongue of most of the country. Instead, a law on the books since the British ruled the territory has mandated that all oicial correspondences be published in Arabic, English and Hebrew. (Israeli leaders removed English from that list after the country’s independence in 1948.)

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