By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2010
Israeli schoolchildren are to be taught Arabic as part of a new education programme designed to promote tolerance.
From the fifth grade children Haifa and around the north of Israel will learn to speak, read and write the language as of the new school year.
Officials plan to expand the scheme across the whole country.
The classes, to be taught mostly by Arab teachers, will be compulsory at 170 public and religious schools.
Arabic is already taught by more than 1,000 Jewish teachers in Israel.