Israel Should Export Language Revival

The revival of the Hebrew language is the most successful revival of any language anywhere. In Israel in recent years, a dying dialect of Western Aramaic has been successfully revived among Maronite-Israeli children in the northern Israeli town of Jish (Gush Halav). Israel as the undisputed world leader in language revival should institute an international aid program that would dispatch advisors to indigenous nations around the world in helping them revive threatened, dead and extinct indigenous languages. Extinction of indigenous languages has become increasingly common in indigenous nations around the world so Israel’s assistance is genuinely needed. This should be part of an effort by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to brand Israel as the “Indigenous Nation”.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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