Tel Aviv council rejects proposal to put Arabic on city emblem

The Tel Aviv City Council rejected a proposal to include Arabic on the city’s official emblem.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said during the council meeting Monday that Arabs comprise only 4 percent of the city’s population, according to Ynet.

Councilman Ahmed Mashrawi had initiated the proposal, saying the unification of Tel Aviv and Jaffa in 1950 has led to the blotting out of Arabic history in the city.

“The Arab community of Jaffa is today a minority in the city, but it has a glorious history in Jaffa and it is fitting that it be honored by putting the name in Arabic on the municipality logo,” Mashrawi said last week, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The logo currently features Hebrew and English.