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‘Language Policy and National Politics: Reflections on the Rise of Israeli "New Right" and erasing Arabic as an Official Language’

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Challenges of Experimental government and public policy series

Seminar followed by drinks reception.

Simon Sainsbury Centre, Judge Business School, Seminar room 1.

Yonatan Mendel is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Yonatan Mendel is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the Director of Manarat: The Center for Jewish-Arab Relations at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His research interests include the sociology of language, language policy in Israel/Palestine and more generally in the Middle East, the politics of Arabic-Hebrew translation, and the status and history of the Arabic language in Israel/Palestine. Mendel is the author of The Creation of Israeli Arabic: Security and Political Consideration in the Making of Arabic Studies in Jewish Schools (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), co-author (with Ronald Ranta) of From the Arab Other to the Israeli Self: Palestinian Culture in the Making of Israeli National Identity (2016, Routledge), and co-editor (with Abeer AlNajjar) of Language, Politics and Society in the Middle East: Essays in Honour of Yasir Suleiman (2018, Edinburgh University Press). Mendel is also the deputy editor of Maktoob, a series of books dedicated to the translation of Arabic literature into Hebrew, which is based on a bi-national and bi-lingual model.

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