MembersBored on the Train? Learn Arabic!

Some worry that not enough effort is made to bring together the different peoples inhabiting Israel, namely Jews and Arabs.

By Michael Selutin |
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To help remedy that situation, Citipass, the operator of Jerusalem’s light rail, is encouraging passengers to use their time on the train to learn a little Arabic. To kick off the initiative, the trains in Jerusalem were adorned with posters offering simple Arabic phrases and their Hebrew translations.

Jerusalem’s light rail was initially touted as a means of promoting coexistence between the city’s Jewish and non-Jewish populations. Announcements on the trains are called out in Hebrew, Arabic and English, and the only currently-existing line passes through several Arab neighborhoods. That...

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