Israeli press office launches Hebrew course for foreign reporters

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Israel’s Government Press Office opens up a beginner Hebrew-language course for foreign journalists today.

Twenty reporters and photographers, including Arab and Turkish journalists, are taking part in the three-month course. They will also learn about Israeli culture, according to the GPO.

The course is being run along with the World Zionist Organization.

“We have seen that language gaps sometimes have implications on journalists’ reports,” explains GPO director Nitzan Chen. “The initiative we are opening for the first time has the power to narrow these gaps, to enable foreign journalists to experience Israel’s culture and society without middlemen, and to indirectly strengthen Israel’s hasbara in the world.”

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