Government Naming Committee
Government Naming Committee (Hebrew: ועדת השמות הממשלתית, sometimes referred as National Naming Committee) is a public committee appointed by the Government of Israel, which deals with the designation of names for communities and other points on the map of Israel, and the replacement of Arabic names that existed until 1948 with Hebrew names. The committee's decisions bind state institutions.
In the naming process, the committee relies on historical names, the translation of Arabic names, and giving a Hebrew form to Arabic names.
- Barak Ravid, In Arabic and in Hebrew, a Name Is More Than Just a Name, on Haaretz website in English, December 15, 2011