Arabic lessons mandated at 170 Israeli primary schools

08/25/2010 | Jerusalem Post (free registration), The

Elementary-school students at 170 Israeli schools will take mandatory lessons in Arabic, a first in the country's history. Arabic is officially Israel's second language, although it has never been taught in elementary schools. Shlomo Alon, an Education Ministry official, said the schools will hire Arab teachers, and he hoped the requirement would lead to improved ties between Arabs and Israelis.

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