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Jerusalem Post - - FRONTLINES -

65 YEARS AGO

Oc­to­ber 13, 1952 The long-awaited English tele­phone di­rec­tory, the first since the end of the Man­date, was put on sale. The 300-page vol­ume would be wel­comed not only by for­eign­ers, from diplo­matic mis­sions to tourists, but prob­a­bly also by a good many Is­raelis who had dif­fi­culty find­ing their way in the He­brew edi­tion, ex­cept that the sys­tem of translit­er­a­tion might have caused only be­wil­der­ment and con­fu­sion. Few tourists would re­al­ize that they could only find Safad un­der “Cfat.” Not even the hal­lowed name of Bia­lik was spared and be­came “Byaliq.” “Lod Sde Tufa” for Ly­dda Air­port was an­other puzzle, es­pe­cially for tourists. The only English name that seemed to have been spared translit­er­a­tion was Jerusalem, but Jaffa be­came “Yafo,” Tiberias “Tiberiya,” Beer­sheba was “Ber Seva” and Acre was “Ako.” There were other in­con­sis­ten­cies, such as “Daliyat El Karmel” and in the fol­low­ing line “Daliat El Ruha.” Some of the names like “Mgi­bla.” “Bn­tiv,” “Brur Hail,” or “Ntanya” had a cer­tain affin­ity with the African “Ngami” or “Ndogo.

50 YEARS AGO

were buried in the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs at He­bron, or Rachel in Rachel’s Tomb near Beth­le­hem. Yadin told news­men, “It’s only a tra­di­tion. I per­son­ally don’t be­lieve it.” Dr. Warhaftig said in a press re­lease that no sci­en­tists, Jewish or gen­tile, had ever ques­tioned the au­then­tic­ity of the two sites, and quoted an­cient his­to­ri­ans sup­port­ing the tra­di­tion.

About 100 Jews were ar­rested in Bagh­dad. For many of the Jews im­pris­oned dur­ing the High Holy Days sea­son, it was a sec­ond con­fine­ment, af­ter be­ing ar­rested in June af­ter the out­break of the Six Day War. Iraqi Jews al­ready had their bank ac­counts frozen; they were for­bid­den to leave the coun­try and were de­nied the priv­i­lege of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their fam­i­lies abroad.

The sys­tem of trickle ir­ri­ga­tion us­ing plas­tic pipes above ground had dou­bled crops in Arava set­tle­ments. Ex­perts be­lieved that the new sys­tem, which might rev­o­lu­tion­ize ir­ri­ga­tion, could en­able crops to be grown in the Arava, which could not be cul­ti­vated by con­ven­tional over­head sprin­kler ir­ri­ga­tion.

The Wash­ing­ton Post said in a re­port that Jerusalem cen­sors guard Is­rael’s im­age. The re­port in­di­cated that Is­raeli cen­sors went be­yond cen­sor­ship of mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity de­tails. They re­ported that “the cen­sor­ship is sup­posed to deal only with mat­ters which might af­fect the se­cu­rity of the state.”

-Daniel Kra

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