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Our prime minister has taken the time, in his busy schedule, to target a new public enemy: Us, Akevot Institute. Netanyahu has been putting pressure on the Swiss minister of foreign affairs to withdraw his office’s funding of our work to expand public access to archives in Israel.

Netanyahu’s attack on Akevot Institute is a result of a smear campaign against us by far-right group, Ad Kan. The prime minister is directly in charge of Israel’s government archives. He’s the person responsible for the fact that more than 90% of the records kept in the Israel State Archives are closed to the public. He’s responsible for the fact that more than 99% of the records in the IDF and Defense Establishment Archives are closed to the public. But, instead of fixing the problems in the institutions he’s responsible for, he wages war on citizens for a political gain.

In the past five years, we have been working on creating a digital archive of records relating to the conflict, which we use for research and to support human rights defenders. Together with hundreds of partners in the community of archivists and archive users, we are also pushing a public campaign to expand public access to government archives and have them follow the law and regulations on allowing such access.

The public effort to rectify the major issues is gaining momentum. It has already made some impressive achievements. But it is far from over. We continue to fight arbitrary decisions by archive officials to keep from the public - with no legal authority - records that should have been opened, and to have files whose restricted access period, as stipulated in the Access Regulations, has expired, opened for public access. This is the work Netanyahu is trying to undermine.

Today we need your help. We need you to join our fight against this attack. We need your donation to signal to Netanyahu that his cynical attempt to harm Akevot and the work civil society does to increase transparency and freedom of information and enhance democracy won’t go unchallenged.

Who we are


Hundreds of millions of documents are buried in Israeli government archives, waiting to be opened for public access. We at Akevot Institute work to put access to archives on the public agenda. After all, it’s our right, as citizens, to access the information.

More than 90% of the historical information contained in the files stored in Israeli government archives is currently inaccessible to the public, even when the restricted access period the law places on it has long since expired. Whether it’s government decisions on remote communities or the settlements, documents on the Yemenite Children Affair, historic government discussions on matters of religion and state, or Israeli policy in the West Bank, government archives are a treasure trove of Israeli history, and they belong to the country’s citizens. And yet, the vast majority of the records are locked away and kept hidden from us all.

Ever since 2014, Akevot Institute has worked to advance a public agenda based on recognition that the government archives belong first and foremost to the public. We consider opening archival materials for public access, in keeping with the law, a public duty. This principle informs our work to enrich research and public knowledge about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to bolster efforts to defend human rights using archival materials, and to promote access to government archive records by the public at large.

Our annual budget is some ILS 400,000 all of which is transparent on our website and legally obtained from private donors, foundations, and the Swiss government. Your support and contribution, even if modest, will help us send a clear message to Netanyahu that his attack won’t go unchallenged.

What we do


Alongside our own research and our work to support human rights defenders with archival records, our largest program is the one devoted to expanding public access to the government archives. We work with activists, groups and organizations to expand public access to the archives, through engagement with the authorities, the media and various professional organizations. We have identified the major barriers hindering public access to the records. We challenge arbitrary decisions to keep archival records sealed without justification or legal power to do so, and we are helping foster a community of archivists and archive users in order to tackle problems together.

We have much more work to do, but the goal is one, to return the historic records of the State of Israel - documents produced by public servants, with public funds, for public purposes, to their rightful owners - the public. We have no intention of taking Netanyahu’s attack lying down. With your support and solidarity we can continue our work to take back our past.

So why is Netanyahu taking aim at us?


It turns out that our work for access to archives is stressing Netanyahu so much that, as revealed in Haaretz, he has approached our donors, demanding they pull the plug.

The prime minister has sole purview over Israel’s government archives. He is responsible for their many flaws. When Netanyahu tries to block our funding, he’s trying to undermine the broader effort to open government archives to the public. Egged on by figures in Israel’s far-right, Netanyahu is attacking our legitimacy, our work and our funding. With all due respect, we’re not going to give him the satisfaction.

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Minimum ₪36 ($10.29) Thank You email Any donation - even a modest one - sends us a message of support and encouragement. Minimum ₪50 ($14.29) Thank You email And we will register you to our newsletter. You can register to our newsletter without a donation on our website: www.akevot.org.il/contact (Don't forget to tick this box below) Minimum ₪100 ($28.57) Thank You email Thank you so much for your support! Minimum ₪100 ($28.57) A Mole in Kafr Qasim: a tour of the 1956 massacre sites (not incl. the book) On Saturday 24 November, 10am, we will tour the sites of the Kafr Qasim massacre. Historian Adam Raz will guide us and discuss the massacre and its background – Plan Mole. We'll also visit the massacre museum built by the local community. Click here to join us, with a donation of NIS 100. To also receive Adam's new book Kafr Qasim Massacre: A Political Biography (Hebrew), please donate NIS 200 with the button below. 11 available out of 15 Minimum ₪120 ($34.29) Kafr Qasim Massacre: a Political Biography / by Adam Raz Additional copies received! Courtesy of Carmel Publishing Housem we will send you Adam Raz' new book (Hebrew, in Israel only) 21 available out of 30 Minimum ₪150 ($42.86) Thank You email Thank you so much for your support! Minimum ₪150 ($42.86) Living Emergency: Israel's Permit Regime in the Occupied West Bank / Yael Berda Courtesy of Dr. Berda, we will send you’re her book (English) 3 available out of 5 Minimum ₪200 ($57.14) Thank You letter Thank you so much for your support! Minimum ₪200 ($57.14) A Mole in Kafr Qasim: a tour of the 1956 massacre sites (Including the book) On Saturday 24 November, 10am, we will tour the sites of the Kafr Qasim massacre. Historian Adam Raz will guide us and discuss the massacre and its background – Plan Mole. We'll also visit the massacre museum built by the local community. Click here to join us, with a donation of NIS 200. If you don't want a copy of the book, you may donate NIS 100 – please see gift above. 11 available out of 15 Minimum ₪300 ($85.71) Print: Her life were in my hands - Michal Baror A print of Michal Baror's work: Her Life Were in My Hands. Print Size: A4 Delivery: Self pick -up in Tel Aviv 13 available out of 20 Minimum ₪350 ($100.00) Thank You letter and our report Point of Access: Barriers for Public Access to Israeli Gov't Archives A paperback copy (Hebrew) will be sent in Israel; A PDF copy (Hebrew or English) will be sent outside Israel. A PDF copy can also be downloaded w/o a donation on our website. 77 available out of 80 Minimum ₪521 ($148.86) Thank You letter "Netayahu" in Hebrew numerology. Your donation will support us in facing Netanyahu's attack. Minimum ₪900 ($257.14) A signed print by Yair Barak A signed print, A3 size, from a selected range of Yair's works, to be chosen by the donor in Yair's studio 3 available out of 3 Minimum ₪1,000 ($285.71) Thank You letter Your donation will fund the cataloging of some 100 documents in our Conflict Records' Digital Repository Minimum ₪1,000 ($285.71) Thank You Letter Your donation will support funding the publication of an annotated digital collection of archival records. 15 available out of 15 Minimum ₪1,500 ($428.57) Thank You letter Your donation will help fund the production of a Know Your Rights guide for archive users 5 available out of 5 Minimum ₪2,000 ($571.43) Lecture (at your place. In Israel) Akevot researchers will discuss with you and your friends Concealment and exposure at our government archives 5 available out of 5 Minimum ₪3,000 ($857.14) Lecture (at your place. In Israel) Historian Adam Raz will talk with you and your friends on the struggle to declassify the still-sealed records of the Kafr Qasem Massacre trial. 3 available out of 3 Minimum ₪9,000 ($2,571.43) Erez #2 / Miki Kratsman Miki Kratsman's 2003 work Erez #2 (digital print, 70X100 cm), wonderful Miki's contribution to our campaign, will be given to a donor of NIS 9,000 with our gratitude. 1 available out of 1
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