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ISRAEL: What sign languages are used in Israel?

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Israel?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Israel?

There are an estimated 285,630 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Israel.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Israel?

  • Shassi or שפת הסימנים הישראלית (Israeli Sign Language, ISL)

  • Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language (ABSL)

  • Yiddish Sign Language

Written / spoken languages in Israel:

  • Hebrew

  • Arabic


How do you say Israel in sign language?


Where can I learn Israeli Sign Language online?

InterSign University offers online Israeli Sign Language (Shassi) courses. Register here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf village is located in Israel?

Al-Sayyid Deaf Village, Israel


What Deaf organizations are located in Israel?

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Israel

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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