Friday, October 26, 2012

Israeli Left Archive

"The Israeli Left Archive is devoted mainly to the radical left and the women's peace movement in Israel during the sixties, seventies and the eighties. It is in this period, immediately preceding the introduction of computer technologies, that the bulk of the Kaminer collection was gathered. They stopped collecting material towards the end of the eighties mainly due to the spread of computerized documentation throughout society and the left. From the early nineties, the preservation and the recovery of movement materials became a vastly simpler goal.

The basic categorization is based on the different groups active in the radical left: Women in Black - Shani - Reshet: Israel Women's Peace Net - Women and Peace - SIAH (Israeli New Left) - SHASI (Israel Socialist Left) - Committee for Solidarity with Birzeit University - Committee Against the War in Lebanon - Matzpen - Dai L'Kibbush - Campus - Yesh Gvul - 21st Year - Black Panthers (Israel) - Electoral Initiatives - Movement for Peace and Security - Left Zionists.
This collection contains around 400 periodicals dating from the 60's to the 90's. The periodicals were published by some of the organizations in this archive (Matzpen and related organizations, Shasi, Siah, Women In Black and Left Zionist groups), but also by organizations that were not included (AKI and an Independent Socialist group) ."
 Israeli Left Archive is hosted by International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam.

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