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Basic information of the country/area
Name of the country/area Palestine
Formal name of the country/area Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority
Country/area information [ The World Factbook (CIA): N/A]
Wikipedia (English)


Indigenous signs for "Palestine"

Illustrations in the literature

"Palestine" (In: Japanese Federation of the Deaf ed. Supervisor: Hedberg, Tomas. 2003. Country name-signs. Helsinki, Finland: World Federation of the Deaf. 90.)

Spoken languages


Sign languages

Palestinian Sign Language

Population of Deaf/deaf people

The National Government’s official number of Deaf people : 14,310. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

Legal status of sign languages

  • Status of the National Sign Language(s) from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1. The country’s government does not formally recognise the country’s sign language(s).

2. Deaf Association/Deaf Group lobbies the government for the recognition of the country’s sign language(s)

Organizations and associations of the Deaf/deaf

Palestinian Deaf Society

Palestinian Benevolent Society of the Deaf

Palestine Union of Deaf; established in 2008. (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. : See Bibliography below.)

Institutes, associations and universities for sign language studies

Education for the deaf

  • Access to Education from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The government recognizes that Deaf children and Deaf students have the right to receive an education.

2.Legislation or policies on Deaf Education:

Ministry of Education Policy
Education Policy for People with Special Needs

3.The government provides those educational settings for Deaf children and Deaf students:

In Palestine, the Deaf Association in Al-Amal provides an education programme for Deaf children and students between 7–8 years old up to 15 years old at the Primary and Intermediate levels, as well as a Vocational Training Programme.

4.The government provides bilingual education using the country’s sign language(s) for Deaf children and Deaf students in those educational settings:


5.Total number of schools specifically for Deaf children and Deaf students in the country, and the educational approach for communicating with Deaf children and students at the Deaf School:

17 Deaf Schools
Oral Method
Oral and Sign Language (Total Communication)

6.Deaf people’s access to a University education and sign language interpreting services at University:

None, there are no secondary schools for the Deaf
No sign language interpreting service

Sign language interpretation

  • Status of Sign Language Interpreting Services from WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below).

1.The number of sign language interpreters in the country:

About five Interpreters

2. Sign language interpreting qualifications.


3.The provider of the sign language interpreting services:

National Association of the Deaf

4.The area of life sign language interpreting services are available:

Court Services
Educational Services

5.The payment for interpreting services, and those who are responsible for paying:

Sign language interpreters receive payment for interpreting services
Deaf people pay

6.The average hourly rate of payment for sign language interpreters:

There is not a specified amount of money. Sometimes the amount is very little.

7.Sign language interpreters provide voluntary service for all sign language interpreting assignments.

8.National Association of Sign Language Interpreters:


9.National Code of Ethics for sign language interpreters:


10.Legislation or policy in the country which states that the government has a responsibility for the provision of sign language :


Deaf communities and cultures

Religious activities by the Deaf

Famous Deaf persons and hearing persons concerned with sign languages

Sign language dictionaries

The country has a sign language dictionary (WFD. 2008. Global Survey Report. (See Bibliography below)).


World Federation of the Deaf and Swedish National Association of the Deaf. 2008. Global Survey Report. WFD Regional Secretariat for Arab Region (WFD RSAR). Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People. World Federation of the Deaf. Finland.

WASLI (World Association of Sign Language Interpreters). 2005. Palestine. In: Country report 2005. 26-28. Kampala, Uganda.

Kasuya, Yukimi. 2003. Introduction of some practices at Atfaluna school for deaf children. In: Sign Language Communication Studies (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 48(2003.06) :50-55.

Kasuya, Yukimi. 2001. The Ephpheta Institute Paul for audio phonetic rehabilitation : Bethlehem, the west bank in Palestine. In: Sign Language Communication Studies (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 42(2001.12) :46-51.

Kasuya, Yukimi. 2001. Deaf children in Palestine : From Atfaluna school for Deaf children in Gaza City. In: Sign Language Communication Studies (Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies, Japanese Federation of the Deaf) 39(2001.03) :2-9.

Strauss-Sameneh, Nicole. 2001. Namensgebärden in der Palästinensischen Gebärdensprache. In: Das Zeichen v.15 no.56.288-297, v.15 no.57.442-447, v.15 no.58.594-601.

Palestine Red Crescent Society. 2000. Qamus lughat al-ishara al-Falasteeniyah. Ramallah, Palestine: Matba’et Al-Manar.

Benevolent Society for the Deaf. 1994. Signs in Palestine. Ramallah, West Bank.


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