The Ben Gurion Archive website has uploaded pages from the diaries of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, dating between 1948 and 1953. Parts of these pages were previously redacted and have now been released for public access. The newly unredacted segments were uploaded thanks to a request from Akevot Institute. Excerpts from the 1948 diary were published in the 1980s as part of a three-volume book, though they remained inaccessible to the public at the archive. These have now been released almost entirely in full.
To read about it in Haaretz.
David Ben Gurion wrote a detailed diary until he died, a practice he said he picked up at age 14. His diaries have been preserved and are now accessible to the public at the Ben Gurion Archive. Still, many decades after they were written, numerous segments remain redacted and classified. The redacted sections relate to matters such as arms deals with foreign countries, harsh statements about individuals, the treatment of Arabs, atrocities and violent incidents during the war, actions taken to bring Jews to Israel and more.
Akevot Institute will continue to fight for the release of archival materials that have been restricted for public access for no genuine reason, in keeping with the Archive Law and Access Regulations.
Dates of Ben Gurion diary entries uploaded to the Ben Gurion Archive that redactions were removed:
January 30, 1948
June 24, 1948
August 17, 1948
September 26, 1948
October 8, 1948
November 29, 1948
December 20, 1948
March 15, 1949
April 25, 1949
April 30, 1949 – partially removed
August 8, 1949
April 2, 1950 – partially removed
April 3, 1950 – partially removed
May 12, 1950
May 30, 1950
June 2, 1950
July 28, 1950 – partially removed
July 29, 1950 – partially removed
October 26, 1950
January 11, 1951
February 7, 1951 – partially removed
January 17, 1952
February 16, 1952
June 19, 1952 – partially removed
December 26, 1952
January 1, 1953 – partially removed
July 2, 1953