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Education Min.: I won’t force Arab students to sing national anthem

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on September 1, 2009

Responding to angry statements made on Monday by Arab educators threatening civil disobedience if Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar carries through with recently-announced plans to drop the word “Nakba” from Arab textbooks and to introduce classes on Jewish culture and history, Sa’ar sounded a conciliatory tone while visiting schools in the north on Tuesday.

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Some Israeli Arabs refuse to sing the anthem, Hatikva (“The Hope”), which contains the lines: “As long as deep in the heart a Jewish soul beats,” and “our 2,000-year-old hope of being a free nation in our land.”

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