In October 2020, The Abraham Initiatives published a report, in partnership with the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, investigating the potential for Arabic language instruction in Israel’s Jewish education system to promote shared society.
Currently, Jewish students in Israel graduate without the ability to hold basic conversation in Arabic, even though the subject is mandatory. The Abraham Initiatives investigated this issue and is advocating for a new kind of Arabic language instruction, one that builds bridges between Jewish and Arab students and their cultures.
For more details on the research and recommendations outlined in the report, many of which are based on The Abraham Initiatives’ experience running Ya Salam – Spoken Arabic for more than 10 years in 200 Jewish schools across the country, check out this article in the Jerusalem Post and this i24NEWS TV story.
You can read the full report in Hebrew and Arabic here.