Haifa Mayor Launches War On…English

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haifa-mayor-yona-yahavWith increasing frequency, Israelis are making use of English words in their day-to-day lives. The English language envelops Israeli consumer culture, from the word for music, “muzika,” to simply saying iPhone with an Israeli accent and including so many other instances.

English is the language of the “app generation” and prevades Israeli children’s education. It has even become an integral part of authentic Israeli culture in some areas.

But Yona Yahav, the first Israeli mayor of Haifa to have been born in the city, has decided that enough is enough. According to Yahav, it all began when he went to his usual barber for a haircut and discovered a sign outside the shop that read “Hair Stylist” in English.

The mayor reprimanded the young barber and demanded that he replace the sign with one displaying the Hebrew word for barbershop. When the barber refused, the mayor stopped getting his hair cut there.

Yahav launched a campaign and forbade the use of English words in official municipal documents. No more “global” order, no more “auditions,” “fine-tuning,” “test,” “scouting,” “project,” “sound” and many other words that had been commonplace in city documents until now.

The first branch of the municipality to accommodate Yahav’s pet peeve will be the health department, which is coming out with a new recycling initiative involving separation of wet and dry waste. As the word “pilot” program is now not an option, they had to come up with a Hebrew alternative, calling the initiative an “experimental operation.”

Yahav has also approached the department that grants licenses to small businesses to examine the possibility of legally obliging businesses to include Hebrew lettering on shop signs. The municipality stressed that they do not seek to outlaw English altogether, only to require Hebrew wording alongside the English.

Read more at ISRAEL HAYOM

{Matzav.com Israel}

7 COMMENTS

  1. As usual goverments everywhere dont know who the enemy is. The old days aramaic was the common daily usage. Today its english. YEAH SO WHAT?
    This is so what..IS language is the enemy ?
    OR IS..
    the prostitution,the homosexual parades at the feet of HASHEM, of the drugs, or the slave trafficing, or the corruption…..
    hey how about the missionaries handing out lies and deceptions and ruses oretenbding to be JEWS.. which is a violation of Israeli law yet all of the above violations go on and on without interruptions due to …corruption???
    NO, ITS DUE TO FEAR OF REPRISALS FROM WORLD PRESSURE AND NO FEAR OF HASHEM FEAR OD ARABS FEAR OF XTIANS FEAR OF SPIDERMAN.

    Israel goverment worries about everyone but THE ONE G-D OF ALL.THE SAME ‘ONE G-D’ THAT GAVE ISRAEL EXISTENCE TILL TODAY INSPITE OF ALL THE NATIONS AGAINST US FROM THE PHAROAH TO GREECE TO BABYLONIANS TO SPAIN TO BRITAIN TO HITLERS TILL TODAY.
    WE ARE HERE BECAUSE OF HASHEM
    not because of mans liberalism or tolerance OR EVEN THE IDF.
    ITS HASHEM THAT STOOD INFRONT OF THE IDF LEADING AND PROTECTING.

    THE MACCABEES WERE NOT WARRIORS BUT TALMUD SCHOLARS
    SAME FOR KING DAVIDS ARMY
    LEARN TORAH as best you can
    AND STAND UP FOR HASHEM AND TORAH.

    MR MAYOR. YOU ARE LOST AND CONFUSED
    WITH YOUR WAR. WRONG FIGHT

  2. May he succeed!
    Oh and after you do succeed Mr. Mayor, please teach the U.S. of A. How to do it. We here are becoming extinct. Hey Matzav, when are you going Espanol?

  3. DACON9- You obviously have a message that you are trying to spread and you are using this article as your soap box.

    Back to the article at hand, If the language was Spanish and the country was the US, you may think otherwise.

  4. ANON, MY MESSAGE I AM TRYING TO SPREAD IS…
    THE ”ONE G-D” OF EVERYTHING DIDNT PUT REQUIRMENTS TO MAKE ALIYAH.
    Israel has much more serious problems then the universal language of english.

    ANON, PREPARING FOR MASHIAH IS NOT THE LANGUAGE ITS OUR CONDUCT AS I LISTED ABOVE.
    And if you dont believe in Mashiach then just to improve your own character it would not be starting with the language.
    AND FURTHER…why arent the israelis embarrassed by their sins and lack of respect for doing those sins on HOLY GROUND.

    YOU are the example of who I am addressing simply because you couldnt comprehend my message.
    I SAID SIMPLY..HASHEM FIRST… do your best to learn at your own best level.

    and I pointed to the sins so prominent in Israel.
    SOMETIMES I WONDER WHO WILL BE SPIT OUT FROM ERETZ YISRAEL…..
    THE LIBERALS AND TOLERANCE AND THE PEACE WACKO GIVE AWAY MORE LAND PEOPLE

    OR THE JEWS THAT REALLY BELIEVE IN ONE TORAH AND ONE G-D…WHO SAVED THEM FROM ANNIHILATION NUMEROUS TIMES…

    The answer should be easy..
    ANON..
    ITS TIME TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE
    VUZ VUZ?
    COMPREHENDE ?

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