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Ramadan Kareem! (I mean, I think so. Not 100% sure...)

Mayor Ron Huldai, as other mayors before him, always likes to show how he’s the mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, with an emphasis on the “Jaffa”. Because, sometimes, even a mayor can forget there are Arabs living in his town.

So, I thought it was great that he made an effort to personally wish a happy Ramadan to all the Muslim residents of Jaffa, by putting up signs all over the Arab neighborhoods.

Here’s one, right in the center of Jaffa, on the main drag:

Sign by Mayor Huldai (photo: Ami Kaufman)

Oooo! And here’s another one! In the middle of Yefet st. (Jewish street name, but that doesn’t matter, right?)

Sign by Mayor Huldai (photo: Ami Kaufman)

Oh! But wait a minute… let’s look a bit closer at what the sign says:

Sign by Mayor Huldai (photo: Ami Kaufman)

Let’s take a look, shall we?

“The city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Happy Holiday
wished by:
Ron Huldai
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa”

So wait… there’s a crescent. And a star. But it’s all in Hebrew. Nothing in Arabic.

And, it doesn’t even have the word “Ramadan” on it.

So, who is this sign for? For the Jews buying up property in the mass gentrification of Jaffa? Is this a message to them?

But they’re Jews, right?

Oh well. Maybe Huldai is right. The Arabs will just “get it”.

Or maybe, just maybe it’s a guessing game! Especially for Ramadan!

Man, that Huldai really has the holiday spirit.

For sure.

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    1. tal

      Gadol. good of you to notice. and he did not even pay for that (it is Hayik Bamot or something behind the signs)

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    2. Sort of like little Santa Clauses all over the place at Christmastime. They do that in Israel, right? Make Christians comfy? (And never mind that — for some people — Christmas is a religious holiday, unconnected with the pagan Father Christmas.)

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    3. Sylvia

      “But it’s all in Hebrew. Nothing in Arabic.

      And, it doesn’t even have the word “Ramadan” on it”

      “maybe a sign for every religion every holiday and for every language used in that religion: latin for Roman Catholics on Christmas, Greek for the Copts and the Orthodox on their Christmas, English for Anglicans, etc.etc. I am sure Huldai wouldn’t mind if you don’t mind paying some extra V.A.T.
      And for Muslims, should he say Ramadan Kareem or Ramadan Mubarak? Tough one.
      All this to wish Happy holiday to people who speak Hebrew better than most Jews. Oh, well.

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    4. @sylvia – your spin is probably the most pathetic comment i’ve seen on this website. really, really sad.

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    5. Deïr Yassin

      Commenting on Mya Guarnieri’s “Demoting Arabic: Knesset finally tells the truth”, Sylvia herself – after asking people to provide evidence that Arabic is an official language in Israel – admitted that:
      > “Arabic has legal standing in Israel”
      > “Arabic has the status of an official language”
      > “Arabic is more than just a language, it’s a major component of a national identity… “.
      Maybe Sylvia should decide once and for all with herself – or eventually with her bosses – what ‘line of defense’ to take – or go play in the sandbox…

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    6. @deir – touche.

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    7. maya

      The good thing is that Palestinian don’t even care. The Municipality just comes and post it. In Jerusalem it is the same… Like if they are doing a favour to the people.

      Pretty sad though.. no Arabic not really a real wish for Ramadan.

      And yes Silvia, your comment is pathetic. Loosing the point of the real issue here. But hey, soon Arabic won’t be an official language, right?

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    8. Danny

      At least Huldai is making an effort to pay Arabs a little respect in his city. It’s measly, yes, but considering that in most Jewish towns today Arabs are not even welcome, this is a step forward. Could you imagine signs like these in Jerusalem, Acre or Safed? Even with its shortcomings, this sign proves that Tel Aviv is by far the most progressive city in Israel today.

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    9. sh

      Cheap and cheerful, it’s probably a passepartout wish that covers all “minority” festivals. Mr. Huldai has priorities. After all, do we or do we not get white nights and free operas in the park every summer?
      The Haïk Bamot thing’s intriguing. Of Iraqi origin, a spot of Arabic shouldn’t really have been a problem. But it seems they’re boycotters of the boycotters – yep, we’ve got those too:

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