I am using XeLaTeX and polyglossia for Hebrew typesetting. I have found out that when I am using footnotes (when Hebrew is the default language), they appear on the right direction, but the footnote separator appears in the wrong direction.

This is probably an old issue. I saw this answer where a code from LyX is being compiled, and the footnote separator is on the left side. However, they don't treat it as a problem in that thread.

So here I am providing a minimal working example in which the footnote separator is in the wrong side. This is probably a bug (of polyglossia?), but even if that's the situation, I'll be glad to know (a) who should I report to about it, and (b) is there any workaround you can think of.

Here's the code:

\newfontfamily\hebrewfont[Script=Hebrew]{David CLM}

הערת שוליים הנה הערה המופיעה בשוליו\footnote{בדרך כלל בתחתיתו} של ספר או מאמר.

And this is the output:

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  • I just stumbled upon the same issue. Have you found anything?
    – Zvika
    Mar 20, 2016 at 13:26
  • It seems to be already reported for Persian - github.com/reutenauer/polyglossia/issues/5 . The bug is from 2011, and still opened...
    – Zvika
    Mar 20, 2016 at 14:27

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As I wrote in my comment, it's a very old issue, reported already at 2011: https://github.com/reutenauer/polyglossia/issues/5

The workaround is simple: just add \rightfootnoterule

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