My name is Alona Ferber. I am a journalist, writer, editor and sometime translator, who is based in Tel Aviv. For the past few years, I worked for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. I was born in Israel, but I grew up in grey, sometimes snowy London. I returned to the Holy Land in 2009, after a four-year stop in Mexico.
I first started this blog when I was writing my thesis for my MA in Middle Eastern history. I spent hours poring over newspapers from 1930s Mandate Palestine for my research. I needed an outlet for all the interesting stuff I came across that wasn’t relevant to my thesis, and this blog was the result.
After I finished writing the dissertation, I was no longer communing so often with old newspapers. This blog nearly died and then it slowly revived, morphing into what it is now – an outlet for all sorts of interesting things that I can still describe as not having made it into my MA thesis. It is a mix of the tried-and-tested historical, as well as some more contemporary stuff. Go on, have read. Indulge me.