Gaza’s Hamas rulers will begin teaching Hebrew in schools (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy, AP Published: 04.23.12, 18:05)
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Education Ministry official says students should be introduced to as
many languages as possible. PA: Shame Hamas-Fatah row affecting
A senior Hamas official in Gaza said the territory’s terrorist rulers
intend to begin teaching Hebrew for high school students beginning
Ziad Thabet, the Education Ministry undersecretary, said Monday the
government is trying to find and train teachers. He says students
should be introduced to as many languages as possible.
Hebrew, the chief language of Israelis, is now only offered as a
Thabet says the Gaza government still needs to approve the decision,
but it is likely to go ahead.
Many Palestinians see Hebrew as the language of the enemy. However,
Hebrew used to be widely spoken in Gaza, particularly by those who
worked in Israel before it started a decade ago to block laborers
from entry amid escalating violence.
The proposal drew criticism from the Palestinian Education Ministry
in Ramallah. Deputy Minister Muhammad Abu Zeid was quoted by the
Ma´an news agency as saying that the Palestinian Authority has never
considered teaching Hebrew in its curriculum.
"It is unacceptable that the disagreement (between Hamas and Fatah)
reaches the educational curricula," he said, urging the Ministry of
Education in Gaza to consult with the PA´s ministry in order to
implement a standardized curriculum in the West Bank and Gaza.
"There shouldn´t be any opposition to teaching Hebrew, but the issue
hasn’t been discussed yet," Abu Zeid added. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth
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