'Hebrew and English speakers receive detailed explanations, but Arabic-speaking visitors get only warnings.
“You are above the Crusader port. From here you can see other port cities from the Crusader era: Jaffa to the south and Caesarea to the north.” The nice explanatory sign, made to resemble the shield of a Roman soldier, with a silvery metallic background, is located at the Apollonia National Park (Tel Arsuf) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at the northern end of Herzilya.
The sign is written in two languages: Hebrew and English. The same goes for all the other explanatory signs at the site. Warning signs – those telling you not to leave the paths, not to step on the antiquities or to avoid, if possible, falling off the cliff – are written in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
The managers of the national parks and nature sites seem to think that Arabic speakers are more interested in safety warnings that in content. According to the signage, it seems that history is less interesting than words of caution.
An hour and a half drive north of Apollonia is Gan Hashlosha(Sahne) National Park – one of the most popular attractions in Israel – which has dozens of signs. All the warning signs, especially those that requesting visitors not to jump into the water and not to drown, appear in the three languages: Hebrew, English and Arabic. The ones that provide explanations, like about the ancient flour mill alongside the natural pool where thousands of visitors swim every day, are written only in Hebrew. The sign tells us, in Hebrew only, that the mill is the only one of its kind in Israel – but non-Hebrew speakers would never know it.'
Read more: No Signs in Arabic at Israel Historical Sites (but it's not racist or anything)
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