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Yiddish Not a Foreign Language in Israel, Premier Says

The Yiddish language is not considered a foreign tongue here, and will not be so considered, Prime Minister Moshe Sharett declared today. Recently, there had been a proposal for introduction of a bill in the Israeli Parliament, labelling Yiddish a foreign language.

While thus refusing to back those who would “outlaw” Yiddish, however, Mr. Sharett made a plea for strengthening and expanding the understanding of the Hebrew language in Israel. Such acceptance of Hebrew is incumbent, he said, even on the Yiddish-language newspapers and writers, because the Hebrew language must be employed as one of the main channels for integration of newly-arrived immigrants into the life of this country.

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