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Source: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
10 July 2007



UNESCO encourages dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian journalists
10-07-2007 (Jerusalem)


Al-Muftah, a Hebrew-Arabic Glossary for journalists, has been published under a UNESCO project.

Over the last year, UNESCO has funded and implemented Hebrew language courses for Palestinian media professionals in collaboration with the Israeli Palestinian Media Forum (IPMF), a UNESCO project based in Jerusalem. Their objective was to provide Palestinian journalists with a basic knowledge of the Hebrew language so that they can listen to Hebrew news on radio and TV and actively cultivate Hebrew language sources for their reporting.

As an immediate follow-up to these language courses, a Hebrew-Arabic Glossary
Al-Muftah ('key' in Arabic), has been released. Al-Muftah, which was developed in cooperation with the Media Institute of Birzeit University, is designed specifically for the use by journalists in their daily work. It was prepared by Dr Johnny Mansour, Lecturer of History and author of several books on Arab history and culture, and further edited by two senior media professionals speaking both Hebrew and Arabic.

The Glossary combines 200 pages of Hebrew terms translated into Arabic. It explains the meaning and pronunciation of the Hebrew words that are mostly used in Israeli news programmes. The news vocabulary used in Israeli daily media is organized by categories and accompanied by detailed explanations.

None of the Hebrew teaching books, that have been available in Palestine until now, focus on the specific news vocabulary.
Al-Muftah aims to give the reader a thorough understanding of the political, military and economic terms mostly used in the Hebrew media. It, therefore, provides a platform for a better understanding of the Israeli people, society and political scene.

The glossary is available at the IPMF office in Jerusalem and at the Media Institute of Birzeit University.


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