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Lot #    22054
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 12:20:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nofia!
Title (Hebrew)    πετις!
Author    Itamar Ben Avi
City    Jerusalem
Publication Date    1929
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [16] pp., 233:158mm., light age staining, creased on folds.
   An article in a supplement to a newspaper called "Jerusalem" vol. 12, which appeared on Sunday September 1, 1929. The price was listed as one Grush.

This article appears as an open letter to Sir John Chancellor (the British High Commissioner to Palestine at that time who was known as pro-Arab), and it was written by Itamar Ben Avi (1882–1943)a Hebrew journalist and Zionist. He was the son of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, from the initials of whose name Ben-Avi formed his Hebrew name. Ben-Avi was one of the first modern Jews whose mother tongue was Hebrew. In his early youth he began publishing in Hebrew periodicals edited by his father. He studied at the Teachers' Seminary of the Alliance Israelite Universelle in Paris and at the Institute for Oriental Studies at the University of Berlin. On his return to Erez Israel in 1908, he joined the editorial board of Ben-Yehuda's Ha-Zevi and Ha-Or, bringing to them something of the flamboyant spirit of popular European and American journalism. During World War I he lived with his family in the U.S.A. Returning after the war he founded the daily Do'ar ha-Yom in Jerusalem in 1919 and continued to edit it until 1929. He also served as the Jerusalem correspondent for the London Times and Daily Mail and several French newspapers. An accomplished speaker in several languages, Ben-Avi visited various countries on behalf of the Jewish National Fund and the settlement projects of the native generation of moshavot farmers, of whose organization, Benei Binyamin, he was a co-founder. In 1939 he went to the U.S.A., where he later died. His remains were interred in Jerusalem in 1947. Impetuous by nature, Ben-Avi advocated bold innovations, such as the writing of Hebrew in Latin characters, in which he published the weekly Deror (1934) and a biography of his father (Avi, 1927). In the 1930s he campaigned for the partitioning of Palestine into Jewish and Arab cantons. His political and cultural aim was the transformation of the Jewish people into an independent "western" nation.

In the letter, which was written shortly after the riots in Hebron in which 64 Jews were killed and thousands fled the city, Ben Avi complains "that for ten days no Hebrew paper has appeared in our land"...He concludes with the words" May freedom of speech and freedom of the press live" and "May the Eretz Israel newspapers live".

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
History:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica