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Auction 38 Lot Number 25

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“Palestine Report” – London, 1919

Palestine, Report by Sir Douglas Fox and Partners, and Sir Charles Metcalfe Bart, London, 1919. English.
A report about the current situation in Palestine and its future as far as population, industry, etc. are concerned. Composed by the British engineer Douglas Fox and the colonial administrator Charles Metcalfe, who were requested, following the Balfour declaration, to investigate the agricultural and industrial potential of Palestine. Two (folded) maps appear at the end of the booklet.
[2], iv, 30 pp+[2] maps. 33 cm. Fair condition, spotting, loose front cover. Back cover and the two maps are detached. Some creases and tears at borders of leaves. Tears on maps.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 26

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Booklet with Speeches by the British People to the Jewish People – London, 1920

Redes fun Britòishe shtòaatòsmener tsum Yudishen folkò [speeches by British people to the Jewish people]. London, 1920. Yiddish.
Booklet with speeches delivered by Arthur Balfour, Marquess of Crewe, Lord Robert Cecil, Ormsby-Gore, Colonel Wedgwood, and D. Kiley. 23 pp, 24 cm. Good condition. Not in the NLI collections.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 27

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Newspapers of the 1936 Riots and Revisionist Publications

1. Issue of "D'var HaYamin Haele". Tel-Aviv, Friday, 30.8.29. In charge and publisher: Avraham Aharoni.
2. Issue of "D'var HaYamin". Tel-Aviv, Sunday, 1.9.29.In charge: Meir Bilik. Lists of victims in Hebron, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Safed and the Moshavot as well as survey of the incidents in each area.
3. Galed Sefer HaZikaron Leshmira UleHagana shel Beitar VeHaOved HaLeumi, edited by Dr. I. Yevin, Tel-Aviv: Keren Tel-Hai BeEretz- Israel, 1937. Photographs.
4. Hazit HaNo'ar, issued by Lochamey Herut Israel, Tevet 1949. Essays and poems (including a poem by Yair).
5. Min HaMetzar, one-time edition, "Yizkor Am Israel et Haleley Nissan 1936".
Sizes and conditions vary.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 28

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Collection of Leaflets and Newspapers – Jewish Brigade / Jewish Army, 1943

Collection of documents and newspapers related to the Jewish Brigade, to WW II and to the arms search conducted by the British police in Kibbutz Ramat HaKovesh, 1943.
Collection includes:
1-5. Five issues of the bi-weekly "Hachayal HaIvri", paper of Eretz-Israeli unit 178 – Jewish Unit for General Transportation, issues 31;33;37;42;45.
6-9. Four printed leaflets regarding the search conducted by the British police in Kibbutz Ramat HaKovesh (during the search a fight occurred during which the British arrested 35 people and injured 14, one of them died later).
10. Proclamation about the "Jewish Army" (English).
11. Issue of "Aleph-Bet – collection of news", November 21 1943 [Po'aley Eretz Israel party].
12. Handwritten letter (in pencil), on stationery of the national committee for the Jewish soldier, 1943.
Size and condition varies.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 29

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Collection of Documents, Letters and Various Items of an Etzel Fighter

1-4. Four letters sent by Etzel fighter nicknamed "Zeev" (probably Yosef Danoch-Avni, but maybe Menachem Shif?) from Atlit detention camp, to his girlfriend Shifra. December 1947 until February 1948 (in both letters "Zeev" mentions the "Polish" and it is possible that he refers to Menachem Begin who was called like that under cover).
5. Two handwritten leaves, text regarding "26 months to the Shneller action", dedicated to Yehoshua Goldshmidt who fell in the line of duty in North Jerusalem.
6. Single leaf with a handwritten poem.
7-8. Embroidered cloth-badge of Etzel and a printed arm-band.
9-10. "Soldier's Certificate" of Etzel and "Beitar Certificate" in the name of Yosef Danoch.
11-19. Nine various items: telegrams sent to Yosef Danoch and his wife on their wedding day (in one – a greeting from Menachem Begin), “Shana Tovah” card, receipt for payment for a “Beitar Certificate” and other documents.
Sizes and conditions vary.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 30

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Collection of Documents – Israel Waks – Senior Etzel Member

Collection of personal documents of Israel Waks (1905-1991). Waks, native of Grajewo, served as the secretary of the Revisionist Movement in Poland and as the secretary of Zeev Jabotinsky in Paris for three year. He married in 1934 Luka Waks (née Kahana) and in the same year they made Aliya. The home of the couple Waks on Sheinkin Street in Tel-Aviv served as a "mail box" of Etzel headquarters and as a meeting point for the organizations' commander, Menachem Begin, for various meetings (see attached material).
The collection presented includes:
•About 60 different documents: circular letters, personal letters both handwritten and typewritten, related to Waks's activities in Poland and in Eretz Israel. Grajewo, Warsaw, Brussels and Eretz Israel, [1910s through 1930s]; letters from Z. Jabotinsky Brit Hahil in Poland, Brit Trumpeldor in Eretz-Israel, World "Brit HaZohar", Histadrut Zionit Hadasha in Eretz Israel, Brit Hazionim HaRevisionistim in Brussels and in Eretz-Israel, and more.
• About 110 ephemera items and postcards sent to Waks; Waks's personal membership-booklet, tickets, receipts and labels (Poland, 1920s), two glass transparencies, portraits of Waks in uniform, an underground Etzel paper-note with a coordination of a coded reply to be used by two Lehi members during a meeting, and some other additional items.
Sizes and conditions vary.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 31

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“Kol HaChayal HaIvri” – 1942-1943

"Kol Hachayal HaIvri", journal of Jewish soldiers in the British army calling for the establishment of a Jewish army. [Tel-Aviv], Adar; Kislev; [1942-1943]. Hebrew and English.
Two issues. Issue no. 2 (Hebrew and English), issue no. 4 (Hebrew). [8]; 4 pp, 21 cm. Good condition, minor tears.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 32

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In Asmara Exile – Handwritten Newspaper of Etzel and Lehi Exiles,1946

In Asmara Exile, Asmara detention camp, Eritrea [Africa], April 8, 1946. Issue no. 135. Hebrew.
A single handwritten leaf, in newspaper format (two columns), which includes news from Eretz Israel and from around the world. Due to paper shortage the newspaper was written on the reverse of a "Sniper Certificate" of the Royal Italian Army.
Etzel and Lehi exiles in African detention camps started, from their first days in the camps, to print daily newspapers, mainly informative, bringing radio reports concerning Eretz Israel and the conflicts between the underground organizations and the British Mandate administration; some issues reported
also about the detention camps.
Leaf 38 cm. Good condition. Folding-mark. spotting.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 33

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Lehi – Memorandum to the UN Committee, June 1947

For Justice, Freedom and Peace. Lohamey Heruth Israel (fighters for the freedom of Israel) to the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine [Tel-Aviv?], June 1947. English.
"For Justice, freedom and peace". Memorandum issued by Lehi organization for the special committee on behalf of the United Nations Organization.
Written in the accompanying letter: "In the memorandum which we will submit in the next few days to the committee we shall mention the crimes committed by Britain against us in Israel and in the Diaspora…"
[1], 55 pp+ [4] leaves, attached. 35 cm. Good condition, minor spotting, memorandum gathered in a folder with a string.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 34

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Kol Tzfat, 1948

Kol Tzfat, two first issues [edited by Yesha'ayahu Ashani]. Safed, Shvat 1948, Adar A, 1948.
Two issues printed in besieged Safed during the War of Independence. The issues were of great importance in encouraging the Jewish population during the war and in passing on information, as well as personal greetings, poems and humorous passages. Illustration on the cover by M. Aryeh [Moskovitch]. 18, [2]; 22,[2] pp, 16 cm. Good condition. Tears to covers.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 35

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Booklets and Documents – War of Independence

Collection of booklets and documents of the War of Independence period:
1-3. "Hed HaTichon", Alexandroni Brigade paper. Issues a,b,c, 1948.
4-5. "Har HaTzofim", daily paper. Stenciled on Mount Scopus during the siege. Issue no. 2 (11.4.48) and issue no. 7 (29.4.48). Issue no. 2 printed towards Passover and ends with an alternative "Ma Nishtana" text.
6-7. "Hed HaModi'in", paper of Gadna "Modi'in", Jerusalem, 1948. Issues 2 and 3. Issue no. 3 is devoted to Passover with alternative Haggadah texts.
8. "Hed HaPortzim", GAHA"L paper, Regiment 4, HaPortzim, Harel-Palmach. Issue no. 1, January 1949. Yiddish.
9. "Combat Leaf" in Yiddish for "Givati" soldiers, 17.10.1948. "Combat Leaves" were composed by Abba Kovner.
10. Single leaf, "Day Order of South Region Major General", Sinai War (1956).
Sizes and conditions vary.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 36

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Items related to Drafting Yeshiva Students to IDF – War of Independence

1. Printed circular letter from Yisrael Galili, Chief of Staff of the Haganah. Titles: ”Matkal, March 9,1948”. Addressed to all of the infantry and Palmach divisions: Golani, Carmeli, Alexandroni, Kiryati, Givati, Etzioni and “Bulgarim” (name of Palmach).
The letter states: ”a decision has been made that Yeshiva students, according to approved lists, are exempt from military service. Students who are capable will get self-defense training where they study, by order of the Knesset [Knesset – nickname of “Haganah” organization]…training of Yeshiva students has to be arranged in a way that will not interfere with the study regime in the Yeshivot. Therefore, it has to be discussed with the heads of the Yeshivot how free time can be arranged for training…this instruction means that all Yeshiva students will be
2. Letter handwritten by Rabbi Avraham Ya’akov Klein (Agudat Israel rabbi in Haifa), addressed to Rabbi Amram Blau. Haifa, [October/November 1947]. Using sharp words Rabbi Klein protests against not receiving information concerning the rabbis’ decisions about drafting Yeshiva students. Rabbi Klein complains that there is no cooperation: “the opponents are united while we are going each one his way…”. [1] leaf written on both sides, 24 cm. Fair condition. Tears, creases and spots.
3. Printed circular letter from Religion Service Headquarters, September 29, 1948. Addressed to the Minister of Defense, Chief of Staff, branches, frontiers, divisions, forces and Po'aley Agudat Israel. The circular wishes "Ketiva VeHatima Tovah! A Year of Victory, Peace and Construction, Prosperity for the State of Israel, Return of the Exiles and Strengthening the Status of Torah in our Land". 21X16 cm. Good condition. Torn filing holes. Minor spots.
4-6. "Curfew Pass" – pass for curfew hours of Yisrael Berchenko [Galili], issued in February 1939 + two photos of Galili (press photos). part of the non-drafted “Guarding Forces”.
The order in the document presented here is the first official confirmation of its kind that Yeshiva students are exempt from military service; this order, was followed later by the “Torato Omanuto” (Torah study is his artistry) arrangement, that allows Yeshiva students to complete their studies before their conscription in the IDF. In the report of “the committee for consolidating an appropriate arrangement regarding drafting Yeshiva students” (headed by judge Tal) this order is mentioned.: “the formal first stage of this arrangement stems from the order issued by Yisrael Galili…”
Leaf 22X11 cm. Lower part of leaf – missing. Fair condition. Tears to left margins (with omission of one word), dark spots.
7. Supplement to "Alonim" paper of "Ezra" movement, youth movement of Po'aley Agudat Israel, with an article titled "do not give up military service of Yeshiva students" (by "Peretz Tura"). The editors did not publish the article in 'Digleinu' suspecting that it will cause damage and it was sent as a supplement only to individuals and, in secret".

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Auction 38 Lot Number 37

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“Iton Rishmi” No. 1 – The Declaration of the State of Israel

"Iton Rishmi" No. 1. Tel-Aviv, 14.5.1948.
Includes the "Scroll of Independence" and a manifest by the Provisional State Council. On top of the leaf: "Israel, Provisional Council". 4 pp, 33 cm. Good condition. Spotting, folding marks and creases.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 38

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“Iton Rishmi – ” Issues 1-25

“Iton Rishmi”. Issue no. 1 (14.5.48) through issue no. 25 (1.10.48), bound together in an original binding and with an index. Printed by permission from the Provisional Government, "HaPoel Hatza'ir" printing press. The papers were printed separately and bound together towards the end of 1948.
Issue no. 1 is printed on lighter paper, like the original. The issues contain information about the emergency situation in the country and the organization of various institutes of the young state.
VIII, 167 pp, 33 cm. Good condition. Some stains.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 39

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“Yom HaMedina” Newspaper

"Yom HaMedina", a joint issue of Israeli newspapers. Friday, May 14, 1948. Leaf 44X57 cm. Good condition. Minor spotting, minor tears to borders and creases. Folded leaf.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 40

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Special Paper Concerning the Altalena Affair

Altalena. A one-time edition. Editor in chief and publisher: Ben Ami Gur. Tel-Aviv, July 15, 1948.
A one-time paper, most probably printed on behalf of Etzel, criticizing harshly the government’s decision regarding “Altalena”. On the cover appears an illustration showing David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Sharett bombing the boat “Altalena” which is burning and a pile of skulls next to the Tower of David. 8 pp, 34.5 cm. Good condition. Spots. Minor tears. Horizontal folding line.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 41

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Military Police Leaflet, 1948

A leaflet issued by the National Military Police's department of culture. Issues 1-5, August-December 1948.
Five first issues of the Military Police's internal leaflet, published during its first days as an official corps. The leaflets were published monthly and contained information, humorous texts, caricatures, texts by the corps' commander and by the chief culture officer, etc. Bound together in a volume, 27 cm. Good condition. Minor tears found at covers' edges and some spotting.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 42

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Independence Haggadah – Aharon Megged

Independence Haggadah. Published by IDF / Human Resources – Information branch, 1952. Hebrew.
The Haggadah was written by the author Aharon Megged while in reserve-duty service in the chief education and culture officer, and was initiated by the Minister of Education Ben-Zion Dinur. Ten thousand copies were printed and the soldiers were meant to read the text on the eve of Independence Day. The religious units and the military rabbinate objected and the Haggadahs were destroyed.
[20] pp, 20 cm. Good condition. Minor spotting.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 43

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“Rimon – “Weekly Magazine – Two Volumes and a Photograph Archive, 1956

1. Two volumes of "Rimon" issue, 1-22 from 1956, 1-26 from 1957.
"Rimon – Photographed Magazine", edited by Shlomo Tanai. 1956-1957. The magazine was first published in 1956. Founded and financed by Isser Harel, Head of General Security Services, with the aim of competing with the popular "HaOlam Hazeh" that attacked the Security Services and called for granting rights to the Palestinian people. The magazine got information from the Security Services and directly attacked "HaOlam Hazeh" and its editor, Uri Avneri. The public regarded "Rimon" as a paper issued by the Establishment which strengthened the position of "HaOlam Hazeh". Volumes 34.5 cm. Good condition.
2. Extensive archive of photos of “Rimon”, 1956, arranged on leaves, in a filing folder; about 12 photos on each leaf (some leaves are blank). Amongst the photos: life in the “Triangle”, Kfar Qasim trial, prisoners camps, Mapai convention, convention of HaShomer veterans, beauty parlors and public figures: Natan Zach, Ben-Gurion visiting his son Amos with his grandchildren, and while dancing, Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan during the evacuation of El Arish, Major General Laskov, Lieutenant General Dori, Shlonsky, Menachem Begin in a closed meeting, Mania Shochat in a Jewish-Arab gathering in Haifa. With names of photographed in handwriting. Hundreds of photos, 5.5X5.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 44

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Documents concerning Registration of the “Arab Front” as a Non-Governmental Organization, 1958-1960

About 50 documents related to the registration of the "Arab Front in Israel" (later called "the National Front in Israel") as an NGO according to the law of NGO's, 1958-1960. Hebrew and Arabic. "The Arab Front" was founded in 1958 for the national rights of the Arab people and was the first national Arab organization in Israel. The documents present the organization's goals, members' names, etc. Members are signed on some of the documents (including the historian Dr. Emile Toma, one of the Israeli-Arabs public leaders). Some of the goals mentioned in the documents are: to let Arabs return to their villages, to return confiscated lands to their owners, to cancel martial law, to cancel racial discrimination, to use Arabic as an official language in all government offices, to let refugees return, etc. In a cardboard folder bound with a lace, 34.5 cm. Sizes and conditions vary.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 45

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Collection of Documents – Early Days of “Shinuy” Party

Collection of documents related to "Shinuy" – "Movement for Political and Social Change", of the early days of its existence, 1974-1977.
Amongst the documents: protocols, platform, stickers ("I joined Shinuy"), 14 issues of the movement journal, information leaflets, accounts book, receipts, newspaper cuttings and other items.
"Shinuy" was a center-party founded in 1974. The background for its establishment were the protests that followed the Yom-Kippur War. Shinuy focused on liberal-secular ideals. Lot of about 190 documents. Varying sizes and conditions. Some documents appear in several copies.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 46

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Collection of Photos and Two Pendants” – Let my People Go – “Prisoners of Zion

1-23.Twenty three photos (press photos) documenting the activities of "Shalach et Ami" – the organization for assisting prisoners of Zion and Jews in the Soviet Union; mass-demonstrations and vote in the Knesset in relation with the "Leningrad Trial" (where 11 Jews were judged for trying to hijack a plane and go to Israel). Size varies, 13X8.5 cm to 24X18 cm. Fair-good condition. Numerous photos are annotated.
24-25. Two pendants issued by the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews, on the pendants appear the name of Prisoners of Zion Valeri Kukui and Hillel Butman. The leaves attached to the pendants contain biographical information about both and propaganda calling to release them. Very good condition.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 47

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“Friki” – Anarchist Comic Book, 1973

"Friki, the most popular children's paper in Israel", comic book [illustrated by Ido Amin]. [Tel-Aviv, 1973].
A satiric Comics booklet which criticizes militarism, patriotism and sexual conservatism in Israel, and mocks Israeli leaders. Illustrations by Comics artist Ido Amin, 17 years of age.
The booklet was created in the summer of 1973 by a group of teenagers from Tel-Aviv. Towards the end of 1973, after the Yom Kippur War, the creators were arrested being accused of incitement and cooperation with Syrian Intelligence trying to affect and harm national morale. When no relation between the boys and the Syrian Intelligence was proved, the conviction was changed to “distribution of abomination material”. They were convicted and following an appeal were acquitted. [44] pp, 24 cm. Spotting and creases. Inscription in pen on the reverse.

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Auction 38 Lot Number 48

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Travels of Thomas Shaw in the Levant – Oxford, 1738

Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant, Thomas Shaw. Oxford: "Printed at the Theatre", 1738. English.
Survey of Algiers, Tunisia, Syria, Egypt and Eretz Israel, by Thomas Shaw, 1694-1751. Accompanied by 29 plates – maps and illustrations. Including: three large maps (two folded and one map on two pages) of Algiers, a large map (folded) of Tunisia, illustrations of plants, animals, structure, etc. The chapter concerning Eretz Israel includes a drawing of Jerusalem (folded), a large map (folded) of the Middle East, illustration of the Mount of Sinai, and more. [4] leaves; XV, 442, [2],60,[8]pp + [29] plates. 34.5 cm. Good condition. Spots. Moth holes (also to some plates). Several leaves with adhesive tape. Damages to binding. Front binding detached.

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