Arabic to be taught starting first grade

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves a bill mandating that all students in Israel will learn spoken Arabic starting in the first grade.

“Especially during these days, in which terrorism grows and coexistence is undermined, it is important to lower the flames and create a bridge of language, cultural understanding and rapprochement between citizens,” said MK Oren Hazan, who advanced the bill.

“There is no better way to do so than to learn the language in order to understand the culture and mentality of a million and a half Arab citizens in Israel and hundreds of millions of Arabic speakers throughout the Middle East,” he said.

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