Tel Aviv council rejects Arabic caption in city logo (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Gilad Morag Published: 08.07.12, 12:02)
YNet News - Yediot Achronot
YNet News - Yediot Achronot Articles-Index-Top
Arab councilman proposes adding city´s name in Arabic to Tel Aviv´s
logo but is rejected
The city of Tel Aviv may aim to serve as a beacon of co-existence but
as far as its official logo is concerned it may not be so liberal.
The Tel Aviv city council on Monday rejected a motion to reimagine
the emblem so it includes the city´s name in Arabic as well as in
Hebrew and English.
The motion was put forward by councilman Ahmed Mashrawi
(Meretz). "Relations in the city may not be perfect, but we have come
a long way," he said. "As Arabs, we will be represented in one small
line which will not take away from the original emblem. Fear not, Tel
Aviv will continue to be the first Hebrew city."
Councilman Yoav Goldring, who raised the issue as early as 2009,
endorsed the motion. "Arabic is not just the language spoken by Jaffa
residents and students residing in the city.
"Maimonides used it and many of the city´s eldest residents spoke it
in their native lands. This could be a unifying message that shows
mutual respect and co-existence."
Mayor Ron Huldai however is firmly against the move. "The motion
contains nothing but the initiator´s desire to get a headline and
spark political wrangling," Huldai said.
"The city has an overwhelming Jewish majority, more than 90% compared
with 4% Arabs. There is no reason to add the caption. Nowhere in
Israel or indeed the world has this been undertaken in similar
"The logo is meant to be recognized around the world. You are
essentially making Jaffa´s Arab residents feel bad. When there´s a
problem I´m the first to care for them."
Councilman Benjamin Babayoff (Shas) also opposed. "I voted against
the motion, my personal opinion is irrelevant. The Shas faction has
its rabbis, they asked not to vote with the opposition at this
point." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 08/07/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY