Studying Agnon and Ibn Gabirol in Gaza
The New York Times has an article on the study of Hebrew in Gaza.
“Through the Hebrew language we can understand the structure of the Israeli society, the way they think,” explained Mahmoud Matar, director general of the Hamas-run Ministry of Education here. “The Arabic language is a basic thing for the Israelis, and they use it to achieve what they want,” Dr. Matar added. “We look at Israel as an enemy. We teach our students the language of the enemy.”
Israel Channel 10 News broadcast a piece on the study of Hebrew in Gaza that is a bit more optimistic in my opinion than the above quote. According to the broadcast, close to ninety percent of Gazan students who were given the choice of studying Hebrew or another foreign language chose Hebrew. In addition, it seems that there are a significant number of adults who also want to learn Hebrew. What I liked about the Channel 10 broadcast is that it shows Gazans studying Agnon, מאויב לאוהב (“From Enemy to Lover”). Now that the Talmud has also been translated into Arabic, is there an interfaith Beit Midrash on the horizon?
Maybe there is hope.