Tag Archives: 1930s

Ashkenazim looking down on Mizrahim – from the 60s and back to the 30s

In July 1962, a meeting between then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, one of Israel’s founding fathers, and the country’s teachers union descended into a volatile discussion on the divide between Jews of European origin – Ashkenazim – and Jews of Middle … Continue reading

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Tensions and boycott: Haaretz’s coverage ahead of the 1932 Maccabiah

I undertook some slightly meta research this week. I looked into Haaretz’s coverage in the lead-up to the first Maccabiah in 1932 – for a piece in Haaretz. The world did not cave in on itself, the universe did not … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XI, strikes and petrol fires: Pictures from around the 1938 world

On its back page, the Arabic daily Filastin published a selection of news photos from around the world. The Christian-owned broadsheet, published out of Jaffa since 1911, was one of the highest-circulating Arabic newspapers at the time. Its main competitor … Continue reading

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75 years ago, a suicide on Rothschild Boulevard

Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard is a street with many stories. At number 16, Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared the new state on May 14, 1948, and Israel’s Declaration of Independence was signed there.  Only a few years ago, … Continue reading

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Israel’s policy of demolishing homes and its roots in the British Mandate

Over the past few weeks, Israel reportedly demolished a number of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, as well as Bedouin homes in the Negev.

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