Our Holdings

Collection of Official Publications

The Israel State Archives holds, among other things, a rare collection of official publications from 1948 to the present day. These official publications and the reports of various commissions of inquiry serve as a valuable basis for research in many fields, ranging from the Ministry of Health's policy on infant vaccination to determining fishing quotas in the Sea of Galilee or the Ministry of Education's stand on the issue of cults. It often turns out that the Israel State Archives is the place with the only remaining copy of the report of some commissions of inquiry, and is thus able to make copies and provide them to researchers or the families involved. A case in point is the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Ma'alot school massacre of 1975; the family of one of the victims of this terror attack had lost its copy of the report, and the Israel State Archives was the only body which could supply the family with a photocopy.
The collections include Rashumot, the Official Gazette (consisting of the Government Notices, Bills, the Book of Laws, the Treaty Series, etc), publications of the Central Bureau of Statistics, reports of the State Comptroller, budget proposals of the various ministries, data on aid to developing countries, customs & excise guides, hydrological reports, reports on achievements and curricula of the Ministry of Education, a guide to establishing tourist sites in Israel, publications of the Israel State Archives and many more. Many are published in Hebrew only but some publications are in English and other foreign languages or are bi-lingual.

Most of the Commission of Inquiry reports kept in the Israel State Archives are in Hebrew, and include a variety of issues: investigation of the disappearance of Yemenite children; the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin; the pollution of the Kishon river; the regulation of bank shares; the riots in Wadi Salib (1959); the massacre in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla during the first Lebanese war (1982) etc. Summaries of some reports are available in English, including the report on the shooting down of an El Al aircraft over Bulgaria in July 1955; the massacre at the tomb of the patriarchs in Hebron (1994); the Dovrat report on reform of the educational system (2004) etc.

In addition, the Archives regularly receives periodicals published by various institutions and agencies, such as statistical quarterlies, yearbooks of the National Insurance Institute, circulars of the Health Administration, annual reports of government ministries, reports of inquiries into aviation accidents, ongoing data on the capital market, and so forth.

Being a Diplomat in Israel, 2008
Mothers' Rights in Israel
Israel Government Publications, 2006
Information for Immigrant Students, 2008
Civil Defence
Education in Israel, 2004
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