>> In Israel language is one of the most visual representations of the split between the nation's Jewish and Arabic populations. Signs advertise goods in both Hebrew and Arabic. Like many Israeli's, Liron Lavi Turkenich had paid little attention to the Arabic writing on shops and street signs. But the typography designer then began to develop an interest in the shapes of the letters she could not read, and wanted to bridge the gap between the two languages.
She began fusing letters together, creating a hybrid writing system she calls Avarit, a combination of Arabic and Hebrew in the same word.>> I thought that maybe by this I could say a message. We live here anyways, side by side. We still need to have our own culture and their own thoughts, but we should not ignore the other side which is always present.
And this is the same way in the letters. You read the language that that you feel most comfortable with, but you don't ignore the other one because it's attached to it, it's anyways there together.>> The 32 year old hopes the symbol of cultural fusion, can increase respect between the two communities.
>> I don't know if it will bring peace but I'm very hopeful that at least it can make an effect to what people think, and how people feel. And yes, maybe it will become something that will be an action and good action.