While this article may seem very surprising to some, as the article states, many in Gaza spoke (and presumably still speak) Hebrew fluently. Before the intifada, Gaza was basically open for Gazans to come work in Israel and Israelis to visit Gaza for the beach and shopping. Living on a kibbutz next to Gaza a few years ago, I remember how people used to tell me that before Gaza was closed off, they only had about a 15 minute drive straight through Gaza to the beach, but now they have over an hour drive to Ashkelon Beach! Maybe the Gazan government could ironically adopt some of the Ulpan teaching methods of Hebrew immersion or using easy to read Hebrew newspapers like Yanshuf. Either way, we can wish them luck in their endeavor and when there is peace one day, Bezrat H', we will be able to talk to one another!
UN chief condemns Palestinian toddler killing, urges calm (Reuters)
from the article: Hamas leaders to begin teaching Gaza children Hebrew