Jerusalem Post: Israel Film Archive website gives access to historical treasures

Jerusalem Post: Israel Film Archive website gives access to historical treasures. “Researchers, history buffs and movie lovers will rejoice at the news that the Israel Film Archive at the Jerusalem Cinematheque has launched a website … that gives access to thousands of the films and clips in its collection. The launch of the site, which is available in both Hebrew and English, is the culmination of more than seven years of work to digitize the IFA’s films. The vast majority of the material on the IFA site is free, with a few VOD options that require a onetime payment.”

The Jerusalem Post: National Library Of Israel Releases Photo Archive Of IDF History – Pictures

The Jerusalem Post: National Library Of Israel Releases Photo Archive Of IDF History – Pictures. “Thousands of photographs have been preserved at the National Library of Israel, documenting the operational history of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, throughout the state’s history. The Library is bringing these photographs back to life through a digitization project, that allows the yellow negatives to be converted into high resolution images. However, the Library is lacking information relating to the identities of the soldiers and are requesting the public’s help to identify their names and stories.”

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors

The Jerusalem Post: Opening The National Library’s Digital Doors. “A caricature of a balloon-headed prime minister Menachem Begin looks out from the cover of a pamphlet published ahead of the 1981 national election. ‘Begin… and the rest of the Likud’s jokes,’ it reads. The little green booklet is one of the millions of items and artifacts held by the National Library of Israel in its extensive archives. But until now, it was one of many items that the library did not earmark for digitization, because it is known as ‘orphan work,’ whose copyright holders cannot be located. Now, following an amendment to the Copyright Law passed in the Knesset on January 1, the library and other cultural institutions in Israel will have much greater freedom to digitize and share their vast holdings without the fear of lawsuits.”

Times of Israel: Amid racism claims, state to open archives on Jewish North African immigration

Times of Israel: Amid racism claims, state to open archives on Jewish North African immigration. “The government on Sunday said it would open state archives on the mass immigration to Israel from North Africa in the early years of the state after a television series documented systematic, historical racism toward the newcomers. The cabinet approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to give public access to all the archival material regarding the integration of large numbers of immigrants in the early years of the State of Israel, his office said.”

Times of Israel: Archive of pre-state Jewish population offers glimpse of founding generation

Times of Israel: Archive of pre-state Jewish population offers glimpse of founding generation. “A new archive made public and searchable online by the Israeli State Archives and MyHeritage.com brings to light the names of over 206,000 Jews who lived in the country before the founding of the State of Israel. The archive spans 10 years, from 1937 to 1947, and is made up of about 67,000 requests for citizenship in British Mandatory Palestine. Some of the requests came from famous future Israelis like the late president Shimon Peres.”