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Why the fight to recognize Gaelic and Arabic matters

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Al-Araby

A sign I bought in Belfast hangs on a wall in my apartment in Jaffa, alongside numerous Palestinian arts and crafts. In Gaelic – the Irish language – it reads:” Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin”, which translates in English to “home sweet home”. I made an active political decision to devote a special space to this Irish sign because we share a similar struggle: the fight to recognise the native languages of the land. When I visited Belfast, Northern Ireland, organised by the co-director of IPCRI, Liel Maghen, in October 2021, I found a core issue yet to be resolved: Gaelic, the Irish langu…

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