State Archive Error Shows Israeli Censorship Guided by Concerns Over National Image

Minister's remarks in 1948 that he can 'forgive instances of rape' and Ben-Gurion's assertion that some Palestinian villages must be 'wiped out' were censored from unclassified docs, but exposed due to technical error

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Ofer Aderet
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What are the State Archive’s considerations in deciding to censor historical documents? Officially, it’s a matter of state security and Israel’s foreign relations, or personal privacy. But quite a few historians who peruse archival materials assume that the censor might be too quick to protect other interests, like Israel’s good name or the image of its leaders.

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