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Israeli Arabs Want New National Anthem

Israeli Arabs are urging the adoption of a national anthem that would express the idea of two nations living in a single country. That was suggested by the head of the National Committee of Arab Town Councils to the Arabic Communist daily, Ittihad, as the Knesset discussed a bill to formally recognize Hatikva as the national anthem.

The bill, proposed by Likud MK Pinhas Goldstein, raised objections from several other Knesset members who had reservations about requiring Israel’s Arab citizens to accept an anthem which expresses the historic Jewish yearning for the land of Israel.