Hope is Not Yet Lost: Hatikvah in the Arab World Hadas Parush/Flash90
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Hope is Not Yet Lost: Hatikvah in the Arab World

Many have bought the lie that Israel’s national anthem tells Jews to spill Arab blood

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Tsionit Fattal Kuperwasser’s column this week in the Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom draws attention to a popular Arabic version of Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah.  This phony version of Hatikvah first appeared back in 2017, but a recent viral Facebook post by an Algerian going by the name of Ratiba demonstrates that a great many Arabs actually believe that Israel’s national anthem calls on Jews to murder Muslims.  The Arabic version of Hatikvah in question goes something like this: As long as in the heart A Jewish soul still yearns Eastward Our Hope is not yet lost Our thousand-year dream of our land…

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