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to educate soldiers in Jewish culture. Each issue is devoted to
a single topic in Jewish culture, e.g., Passover, the Hebrew
book, etc., with articles by many of Israel’s leading scholars.
The result is that each issue is a compendium of authoritative
material on the topic covered and is of value to anyone
concerned with Jewish culture. Finally, mention should be made
of the Israeli army’s series of publications dealing with the
occupied territories—the military government gazettes record-
ing legislation and announcements dealing with the Gaza Strip
and northern Sinai, Merhav Shelomoh (Southern Sinai), Merkaz
(Central) Sinai, Yehuda ve-ha-Shomron (West Bank) and Ramat
ha-Golan (Golan Heights).
In addition to publications of the central government there
are many periodicals published by other governmental authori-
ties. Tel-Aviv municipality, for example, issues a yearbook, and
its Department of Research and Statistics issues a series of sur-
veys dealing with various aspects of life in the metropolis,
ranging from population distribution to water supply. Many
of the regional councils and kibbutsim publish periodicals, the
latter being especially prolific with mimeographed bulletins re-
cording the minute details of everyday life in the kibbuts.
Array of Political Journals
In a country governed by a coalition and having as many
as twenty political parties vying for votes in an election, it
is not surprising to find a large array of political journals and
party bulletins. Indeed, this begins with the daily periodicals,
the newspapers, which are, with few exceptions, publications
of the political parties. Not so well known, however, are the
various bulletins and journals published by these parties at
less frequent intervals. Among the more substantial period-
icals are the labor periodicals
Ha-Poel ha-Tsa’ir
(Israel Labor
Party),
Ba-Sha’ar
(Mapam) and
Temurot
(Liberal Labor),
while
Gevilin
(Mizrachi) and
M od i’in
(Agudas Israel) are pub-
lished by the religious parties. Many parties publish journals
which cater to the interests of a particular segment of its
membership, e.g.,
Ha-Hevrah
and
Ramzor,
the former published
by the Israel Labor Party for academics and the latter for the
“young guard” and students in that party; or
Gilayon la-No’ar,
published by the Agudas Israel for its youth movement. In
order to assure communication between party and public,
many parties publish periodicals in several languages, e.g., the
Israeli Communist Party, which issues journals in Hebrew,
Yiddish, Arabic and Bulgarian. In addition, many political
groups which arise out of, and concern themselves with, a