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January 15, 2013 4:05 pm

Israeli Newspaper Haaretz Publishes First Article in Arabic

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Screen shot of Haaretz article in Arabic. Photo: Haaretz

An article in Haaretz was published in Arabic Tuesday, a first for the Israeli  newspaper. Appearing under a headline urging Arab-Israeli citizens to vote, the article was accompanied by a Hebrew translation on the opposite page.

“Arab citizens are an important and integral part of Israeli society, and contribute to a variety of areas. As a national minority [they] are also enriching…Israeli democracy, and therefore ought to express themselves politically in a way that reflects their place as a part of the population of Israel,” the article says, according to a translation.

“It is important that many citizens vote in the elections, and that of course includes the Arabs,” Alon Idan, an editor for Haaretz, told Israel’s Channel 2.”In recent years there has been a decline in the percentage of Arab citizens voting so we decided to devote an editorial calling on them to vote in elections. Since the article is directed at the Arab population, we decided to publish it in both Hebrew and Arabic.”

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  • Eliyahu

    Haaretz is a far-left anti-Israel newspaper, which on occasion reads worse than the Guardian or the New York Times. It should have long ago been renamed al-Ard (the Arabic version of Ha’aretz – the Land (of Israel). I am glad they are finally making the official switch to their natural constituency.

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