A senior Hamas official in Gaza says the Ministry of Education intends to begin teaching Hebrew in Gaza's highs schools as a part of a general foreign language program.
Gaza Strip Education Ministry under secretary Ziad Thabit said on Monday that a number of courses in modern Hebrew are being prepared for high school students beginning next year.
Thabit said Palestinian students should be introduced to as many languages as possible. Hebrew is currently only offered as a university course in Gaza.
The Turkish language also is being considered, Thabit added.
Meanwhile, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority’s deputy minister of education Muhammad Abu Zeid said that the Palestinian Authority has never considered teaching Hebrew in the Palestinian curriculum.
"It is unacceptable that disagreement reaches the educational curricula," he said, urging the Ministry of Education in Gaza to consult with the PA's ministry in order to implement a standardized curriculum in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
"There shouldn't be any opposition to teaching Hebrew, but the issue hasn’t been discussed yet," Abu Zeid added.
For his part, Thabit told reporters on Tuesday, that Hamas’ government still need to approve the decision, but it was likely to go ahead and the government was already trying to find and train teachers for Hebrew as well as Turkish language.
Many Palestinians see Hebrew as the language of the enemy. However, modern Hebrew used to be widely spoken in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of having worked in Israel, or being imprisoned in Israeli jails.
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