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Politics of Arabic in Israel: Camelia Suleiman

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Intercultural Center (ICC), Room 241 CCAS Boardroom

Georgetown University

3700 O Street NW

Washington, DC 20057

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Camelia Suleiman will join us at the CCAS to discuss her newly published book Politics of Arabic in Israel. It will be hosted in ICC 141.

Camelia Suleiman will explore the implications of removing Arabic as an official language in the State of Israel for the history and future of the Palestinian Arab minority living there.

While Arabic has been an official language of Israel, Hebrew is used more commonly and publicly. Over time, Palestinian citizens of Israel have become increasingly bilingual, but not the other way around. Israeli Jews are generally not interested in learning Arabic. Scholars like Yehouda Shenhav of Tel-Aviv University claim that Israel’s melting pot necessitated that all Jews living in the country should speak Hebrew. And, in fact, the number of Arabic speakers among the descendants of Mizrachi Jews who immigrated from Middle Eastern countries when Israel was established has dwindled.

Camelia Suleiman will speak to these complex issues, as well as others, during her lecture and book talk. We hope to see you there.

Please make sure to RSVP, so that we can properly account and prepare for the number of attendees!

This venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any further accomodation requests, please contact Azza Altiraifi at aa1967@georgetown.edu.

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