Alek D. Epstein. Not Only in Hebrew: The Multilingual Mosaic of the Israeli Printing Press

Not Only in Hebrew: The Multilingual Mosaic of the Israeli Printing Press  

By Alek D. Epstein

(Center for Research in Contemporary Art, Jerusalem – Moscow – Paris)

Source: Judaica Ukrainica 4 (2015): 109-121

Publication date: December 1, 2015

Publication type: article

Language: English

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This paper purports to study the development of the printing press in various languages in Israel. The country’s newspapers and magazines have been published not only in Hebrew, but also in Arabic, English, Yiddish, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, French, German, Amharic and other languages. Despite the dominance of the “melting pot” approach, Israeli society has always been multicultural and multilingual, and during the last decades this fact has been recognized both by the state authorities and civil society institutions, which have given various languages legitimacy to co-exist side by side with Hebrew. After a century of Hebrew revitalization efforts this language is undoubtedly Israel’s most used and widespread language. Multilingualism within its Jewish population does not threaten the future of Israel as a unified society.

Keywords: Israeli Studies, Israeli printing press, languages in Israel, multilingualism



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DOI 10.14653/ju.2015.07