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Librarians for Fairness is an organization dedicated to bringing information about Israel to libraries around the world and to promoting democratic values. We work to ensure that Israel is represented fairly in libraries through books, periodicals, audiovisuals, and online resources.

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The Case for Democracy: The Power to Overcome Tyranny & Terror

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Now offering Israel 4 Kids CD

American Children can now take a virtual tour of Israel with Srulik, a popular sandal-footed Israeli cartoon character. This fun and interactive tour will make Israel come alive as students experience the story of Israel that rarely gets told. Children and educators alike can learn about Israel’s cool Internet technologies (i.e. AOL instant messaging), watermelon picking robots, live-saving cancer drugs, and other joint U.S.-Israeli projects and become better informed about Israel’s unique history, national languages, climate, food, branches of government, and currency.

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Israel in the World

This colorful volume takes an in-depth look at a remarkable achievement: how one small and very young country has successfully become one of the world's technological leaders.

From agriculture to medicine, Israel stands right at the forefront of technological development. Learn about the country's many achievements and breakthoughs, and how it's poised to remain on the industrial cutting edge in the foreseeable future. The countless accomplishments outlined here would be dazzling, even if they hadn't emerged from a nation that didn't even exist 60 years ago: Israel created the ICQ chat facility that is now used by hundreds of millions of internet surfers each day; the technology that allows you to leave voicemail messages on a mobile phone; the medical diagnostic equipment (including magnetic resonance imaging) found in most hospitals; and the surveillance equipment that alerts security officials to suspicious activities at airports. Find out about the people who made such progress possible; the educational system that allowed these citizens, many of them recent immigrants, to reach their full potential; and how Israel uses its knowledge for the well-being of the world.

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Israel library offers glimpse of of old Jewish life in Europe 6/18/2019

Israeli library offers glimpse of old Jewish life in Europe

Digitalized documents used by communities hundreds of years ago to keep track of financial and political happenings uncover golden age of Jewish self-governance in Europe
Associated Press Dispatch

Israel’s National Library has digitized a rare collection of communal ledgers from long-lost Jewish communities of Europe, offering the public a chance to study an era seen as a golden age of Jewish self-governance.

The documents, known as pinkasim, were used by European Jewish communities hundreds of years ago to keep track of financial transactions, political happenings, relations with non-Jewish government bodies, and even funny moments.

An 18th Century Jewish pinkas from Germany digitalized by the National Library (Photo: Israel National Library)
An 18th Century Jewish pinkas from Germany digitalized by the National Library (Photo: Israel National Library)

Yoel Finkelman, curator of the library’s Judaica collection and manager of the project, said Tuesday that any Jewish community with a governing body had a pinkas, making the ledgers “some of the most significant documents for understanding early modern Jewish European history.” He said that currently they also are some of the least accessible.

Today, the ledgers that have survived are held in various collections around the world... Read the full story...

BOOK REVIEW: 'THE NEW YORK TIMES AND ISRAEL' 6/16/2019

BOOK REVIEW: 'THE NEW YORK TIMES' AND ISRAEL

On April 30, in an editorial denouncing its “appalling political cartoon,” the editorial board acknowledged its own historical contributions to the rise of antisemitism.
by Neville Teller

The title chosen by Jerold S. Auerbach for his new book, Print to Fit is a deliberate inversion of the slogan invented by the owner of The New York Times (NYT), Adolph Ochs, which has appeared on the front page ever since: “All the News that’s Fit to Print.”

Auerbach subjects The New York Times to a meticulously researched analysis of its attitude toward Zionism and Israel from 1896 to 2016, and comes to a firm conclusion... Read the full story...

New York Times Promotes Palestinian Cookbook With Fallse Refugee Claim 6/2/2019

New York Times Promotes Palestinian Cookbook With False Refugee Claim
by Ira Stoll

Syrian refugees wait to board a Jordanian army vehicle after crossing into Jordanian territory with their families, in Al Ruqban border area, near the northeastern Jordanian border with Syria, and Iraq, near the town of Ruwaished, 240 km (149 miles) east of Amman on September 10, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo.

The New York Times has already devoted not one but two food-section articles to boycott-Israel-promoter Yasmin Khan’s book of “recipes and stories from the Palestinian kitchen.”

Now, even though the book was published in July 2018, the Times has published yet a third article, this one in its Sunday book review, touting the cookbook as one of “75 of the latest and greatest books to keep you company as temperatures climb and days grow long.” Leave aside the promotional-hype-overkill and questionable news judgment of the Times lavishing more editorial attention on a book that’s already been out for a year... Read the full story...

EU to examine hate in Palestinian schoolbooks it finances. 5/28/2019

EU to examine hate taught in Palestinian schoolbooks it finances

Investigation by IMPACT-se, reveals hundreds of examples of extremism encouraging Jihad, violence, demonization & incitement against Israel & Jews in new Palestinian schoolbooks funded by the EU.
by Itamar Eichner

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, announced Wednesday that the body will scrutinize the new Palestinian textbooks for content that incites hate and violence, out of concern that EU aid funds are being used to promote hatred.

Courtesy of The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center At the Israeli Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center

The announcement follows an investigation and campaign by IMPACT-se (Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education)... Read the full story...

MINNESOTA STUDENTS ASSIGNED TO COLOR REVERENTIAL PHOTOS .. 5/24/2019

MINNESOTA STUDENTS ASSIGNED TO COLOR REVERENTIAL PHOTOS OF REP. ILHAN OMAR
Scandal-ridden congresswoman is treated as an icon.
by Sara Dogan

In her short time in Congress, freshman U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar has made a name for herself as a vehement anti-Semite. She infamously invoked age-old anti-Semitic tropes when she tweeted “It’s all about the Benjamins [$100 bills], baby,” accusing the pro-Israel organization AIPAC of donating to politicians in order to secure favorable treatment of the Jewish state... Read the full story...

13 Million documents from Nazi concentration camps posted online 5/21/2019

13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps posted online

Millions of documents, including prisoner cards, death notices, feature information on Holocaust victims, others persecuted by Nazi regime.
by Marcy Oster -

The International Tracing Service in Germany has published online more than 13 million documents from Nazi concentration camps with information on more than 2.2 million people.

The effort to put the archive online was undertaken in partnership with the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

The tracing service, based in Bad Arolsen, Germany, has also changed its name to the Arolsen Archives-International Center on Nazi Persecution.

The millions of documents, including prisoner cards and death notices, featuring information on Holocaust victims and others persecuted by the Nazi regime, are part of UNESCO’s World Documentary Heritage and are a key focus of the collection of the Arolsen Archives... Read the full story...

Bad Omen on Rembrance Day ... A Harbinger 5/2/2019

Bad Omens on Remembrance Day ... A Harbinger
by Vivian Bercovici
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For two minutes on Thursday, sirens wailed throughout Israel.

Drivers on highways pulled over and stood beside their cars. Buses, airports, and every single person stopped in their tracks out of respect for the memory of the six million Jewish men, women, and children murdered in Europe in the 1930s and 40s.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the first of a string of poignant commemorative dates on the spring calendar in Israel... Read the full story...

Kafla archive should go to Israel, Swiss court rules 4/21/2019

Kafka archive should go to Israel, Swiss court rules

Swiss court rules that archive of renowned Jewish writer Franz Kafka must be handed over to Israel, ending a decade-long dispute.
by Cnaan Liphshiz

A Swiss court ruled that the archive of the renowned Jewish writer Franz Kafka must be handed over to Israel, ending a decade-long dispute.

The Zurich District Court upheld on Wednesday several Israeli verdicts that over the course of the years stated that the manuscripts by the Jewish author from Prague belong to the National Library of Israel, the Associated Press reported.

Following the ruling, a number of safe deposit boxes kept in the vaults of the UBS bank in Zurich may be opened and their contents sent to Jerusalem.

The legal dispute was between the State of Israel and the family of the late Esther Hoffe, who was in possession of the material partially located in Israel and partially in Switzerland.

Hoffe was the secretary of Max Brod, a close friend of Kafka... Read the full story...