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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Palestine Post

Tel Aviv University offers The Palestine Post online: http://kipp.tau.ac.il/Archive/skins/Palestine/navigator.asp

Founded on December 1, 1932 by former American journalist Gershon Agron, The Palestine Post became one of the most influential newspapers in the world. With independent policies and a unique perspective, the paper reported on the birth and development of Israel, the period before the creation of the State of Israel, and the culture, economics, politics and history of the Middle East in general. The Palestine Post supported the struggle for a Jewish state in Palestine and opposed British colonial policies which restricted Jewish immigration into what later became Israel.

In 1950, the Palestine Post was renamed the Jerusalem Post.

The Palestine Post
Sunday, February 01, 1948

Woman Killed by Border Snipers
Fatal Shot from Hassan Bey Mosque

TEL AVIV, Saturday - A woman was killed, another was gravely wounded, and some persons were slightly injured by bullets fired indiscriminately by Arabs toward Tel Aviv from Jaffa and Salameh villages over the week-end.

A bullet reported tohave come from the minaret of the Hassan Bey Mosque fatally wounded Mrs. Langet Strauss, 33, as she was going to the market to do her Sabbath shopping yesterday morning. She died at Hadassah Hospital.

This morning, 17-year-old Rachel Mizrahi was shot in the head while leaving her home near the Jaffa boundary. Her condition is grave.

Those injured last night and today were Jonahtan Schenbaum, 17; Zelda Bonofiel, 16; Shlomo Amnon, 21; Israel Rotgard[?], 35, and Elisheva Shapiro, 22, who was sent home after treatment at the hospital.

At Holon last night Mrs. Hannah Slager, 36, was wounded when Arab snipers concentrated their fire on the townwhip from Tel el-Rish quarter.

Two houses were blown up yesterday and today in Rehov Barnet, the Municipal boundary between Jaffa and Tel Aviv. All Jewish inhabitants there had abandoned their dwellings with the outbreak of the riots. Yesterday afternoon some Arabs approached the house at No. 1 and detonated some dynamite beside it. It was completely wrecked.

This afternoon the house next door was reached by saboteurs and severely damaged.

In the neighbourhood of Salanneh village, Arab workers went to their groves under British Police escort to cut fruit. Police with an armoured car stood by during the work.

Heavy fire was directed at Tel Aviv for an hour and a half tonight from Salameh orange groves and Abu Kebir into Tel Aviv.

The Haganah returned the fire. No casualties were reported.

A Police armoured car escorting Arab orange pickers through groves near Rishon LeZion was fired on yesterday afternnon by Jews, according to an official statement.


Of course there are more exciting things to read there, especially the issue published the day after (the Palestine Post was not published on Shabbat) the State of Israel was reborn in 1948, but I liked this little piece for its everyday-ness.

See also PalestineFacts.org for the history of stamps and coins from Palestine.

And if you've never heard of the Merneptah Stela, learn to spell it. It represents the most important mention of ancient Israel outside the bible, and

"indicates that Israel was well established in Canaan in the late 13th century BC, and was a significant political force to be reckoned with."

Am Yisrael Chai.