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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
cerned with Soviet Jewry, its pro test movements and religious
attachments.
GENERAL AND CULTURAL
T he best source o f cu r ren t inform ation is always a daily news­
paper. In monthly and quarterly jou rna ls one finds in fo rm a tion
which is well docum en ted , with the facts verified and organized.
However, the articles often appear up to a year af te r the events.
In addition, Israeli periodicals are expecially plagued by ir re g u ­
larity and lateness. T h e re are several non-Hebrew dailies in Is­
rael, in German, French , Hungarian , Polish, Rumanian, Bulga­
rian and Russian. T h e only daily in English,
TheJerusalem Post,
is
the oldest and the most respected o f them. It was founded in 1932
as the
Palestine Post.
Preceding it was
The Palestine Weekly,
pub ­
lished between 1920 and 1931.
The Palestine Post
expressed the
views o f the Jewish Agency. A fter Independence , it was the
semi-official voice o f the Israel Labor Party. At p resen t, its
readers include the diplomatic community, the Christian com­
munities and new imm igrants who have not mastered enough
Hebrew to read a Hebrew newspaper.
TheJerusalem Post
has good
coverage of domestic and foreign news. An expanded Friday
issue contains, besides articles on cu r ren t issues, news on cu ltural
events and book and thea te r reviews. T he Friday L iterary Sup ­
plement incorporates
Israel Book World,
which until issue 36/37 in
1979, was an ind ependen t publication o f the Book and P rin ting
Cen ter o f the Israel Export Institute. I t presen ted sho rt fea tures
on new books and on book p roduction in Israel. In its reduced
format, it is still a useful source o f inform ation on Hebrew and
non-Hebrew books published in Israel.
TheJerusalem Post
has also
an overseas edition,
The Jerusalem Post Weekly,
which condenses
the news and presents a selection o f the articles and editorials o f
the week.
Jerusalem Quarterly,
which has appeared since 1975, has a high
intellectual level and a pleasant format. I t is edited by Emanuel
Sivan, professor o f Islamic history at the Hebrew University. T he
articles are written by specialists from academic circles and are
devoted to political issues. But material on cultural events, literary
criticism, short stories and poems vary the fare. T he oldest maga­
zine on cultural matters in Israel was
Ariel,
which ceased publica­