Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Professor wants Hebrew books for Iraqi students

Could this be a new beginning ? The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that an Iraqi college professor has asked it for a shipment of Hebrew books, Haaretz reports:

Ofir Gendelman of the ministry's Arab press section says the professor sent an e-mail three weeks ago via the ministry's Arabic-language Web site. The professor said he planned to teach Hebrew and requested Hebrew literature and books about Israel.

Gendelman said the ministry would be happy to oblige and is awaiting the professor's mailing address. He refused to divulge the professor's identity or that of his college because of concerns for his safety.

Iraq and Israel have no diplomatic ties.

"There is tremendous ignorance in the Arab world about what Israel is, and they simply want to know more," Gendelman said yesterday.

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