On this page you can find all of Akevot’s publications: books, articles, reports, webinars.


    • The Military Rule 1948-1966: annotated document collection

      The Military Rule Book, published by Akevot Institute, is an illuminating curated collection of some 100 carefully selected, declassified documents of the 1948-1966 Military Rule. The documents include internal correspondences, meeting minutes, testimonies, maps, photos, and reports all organized and annotated to provide the reader with unprecedented insight into this silenced period of recent history.

      The book is only available in Hebrew at this time.  For further details and purchase


    • The Looting of Arab Property during the War of Independence

      The Looting of Arab Property during the War of Independence, a book by Akevot Institute researcher Adam Raz, was published by Carmel Publishing House in collaboration with Akevot Institute. Raz’s book is based on a trove of archival materials kept in various Israeli archives and addresses the mass looting of objects left behind in the homes, shops, workshops and farms the country’s Palestinian residents fled during the war.

      To buy the book through Carmel Publishing House (Hebrew) *** the book will soon be available in English ***


    • These Matters are Unpleasant

      The report These Matters are Unpleasant examines in depth the activities of the Ministerial Committee on Access to Restricted Archival Material and shows how this body is used to keep countless pages of archival records confidential and hidden from the public, without any legal authority to do so.

      For further reading

      To download the full report in English (pdf)

    • Silencing

      The report SILENCING: DSDE’s Concealment of Documents in Archives summarizes the findings of two years of research by Akevot Institute. The report reveals that for 17 years, the Director of Security of the Defense Establishment (DSDE), a Ministry of Defense division, has ordered to deny public access to individual documents and entire files in various archives with no legal authority to do so.

      For further reading

      To download the full report (pdf)

    • Point of Access


      Alongside preserving the records stored in it, the archive’s primary role is to provide the public with access to them. Akevot’s report Point of Access summarizes the findings of extensive research regarding the various barriers to access to Israel’s government archives. The report surveys the findings and presents recommendations for improving access and having the Government Archives fulfill their legal obligations.

      For further reading

      To download the full report (pdf)


    • 1.29%: Access to Israeli government archives

      The data sheet 1.29%: state of access to Israeli government archives shows roughly 99% of materials deposited in Israel’s major government archives are unavailable for the public, while these archives deny public access to catalogue lists for 94% of the records they hold.

      For further reading

      To download the full Data Sheet (pdf)


    • Appropriate tools: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Amnesty’s Israel Section, 1969-1977

      A series of documents reveals an important, and, until now, unknown aspect of the efforts the Israeli government made to deflect criticism over human rights violations which were part of the occupation since the very beginning. The documents describe events that took place during the first decade of the occupation, but they echo a practice that is still in existence today – manipulative efforts to undermine the work of human rights organizations.

      For further reading

    • Insurance against political risk: Settlements and the Yanai governmental insurance corporation


      Archival records, declassified at Akevot’s request, tell the story of the financial safety net Israeli government provided for settlers and investors in the occupied territories – referred to as a “political guarantee” or “political insurance”. As use of the government guarantees gradually expanded, a government insurance corporation was created. This is the story of the political guarantee in the occupied territories and the Yanai insurance corporation.

      For further reading

    • File GL-17005/6: the reordering of control over Palestinian citizens of Israel at the late stages of the Military Government


      Israel State Archives File GL-17005/6 from the Office of the Arab Affairs Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office contains hundreds of pages that document some of the final chapter of the Military Government over Palestinian citizens of Israel, before it was formally replaced with civilian oversight mechanisms in December 1966. Akevot’s access to the 446-page file at the archives was delayed for two years.

      For further reading and access to the file


    • A Policy of Non-Investigation


      After many years in which large parts of the minutes of cabinet meetings in 1948 were heavily redacted by the Israel State Archive, most of the redactions were removed. The sections that have been exposed show that the ministers knew in real time about suspicions of crimes and atrocities that took place during the war. After a long debate, they decided not to investigate the events. Learn more and read the full meeting minutes here.

    • The Looting of Arab Property during the War of Independence

      Join us on a virtual journey following the book by Akevot’s researcher Adam Raz, “Looting of Arab Property in the War of Independence”! A special website allows users to trace the mass theft as it was happening town by town, access dozens of archival documents we located and read hundreds of testimonies about what turned out to be mass pillage carried by multitudes of Israelis, soldiers and civilians, individuals and groups.
    • The Military Rule 1948-1966

      A new website offers an introduction to The Military Rule 1948-1966: Annotated Document Collection, published by Akevot Institute. On this site, you will have access to several of the prominent documents included in the book, as well as some of the maps, photos and charts.

      The Military Rule BooK includes some 100 archival documents, in addition to maps, tables and photos, and sheds light on the apparatus of the Military Rule: how it operated, its official and unofficial objectives, its character and what daily life looked like for the Palestinians subjected to it.


    • It wasn’t the disengagement

      Published in Haaretz, November 24, 2023

      In seeking the historical origins of the October 7 debacle, we must go back to the decisions made by the premier a decade ago

      Read the article

    • What is it about Ttat flag?

      Published in Haaretz, February 17, 2023

      Historical documents show the abysmal seriousness that Israel devoted to flag waving by Palestinians, and no less to the hoisting of the Israeli flag

      Read the article

    • Border? What border?

      Published in Haaretz, September 9, 2022

      Minutes of top-secret cabinet meetings in 1967 reveal how the decision to erase the Green Line from Israel’s official map was made. And why not? The situation wasn’t meant to be permanent

      Read the article

    • Where the Bodies Are Buried

      Published in Haaretz, July 8, 2022

      During the 1967 war, an elite Egyptian army unit sustained heavy losses near Kibbutz Nahshon. The bodies were interred in a mass grave, in fields tended but not owned by the kibbutz. The story was hushed up and the fields became part of the Mini Israel park

      Read the Article

    • A Buried War Crime is Unearthed

      Published in Haaretz, January 21, 2022

      More than seven decades later, in a new documentary film, the veterans of the 1948 battle at Tantura village finally come clean about the mass killing of Arabs that took place after the village’s surrender

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    • Classified Docs Reveal Massacres of Palestinians in '48 – and What Israeli Leaders Knew

      Published in Haaretz, December 10, 2021

      Minutes recorded during cabinet meetings in 1948 leave no room for doubt: Israel’s leaders knew in real time about the blood-drenched events that accompanied the conquest of the Arab villages

    • ‘Were You Ordered to Shoot Prisoners?’

      Published in Haaretz, November 5, 2021

      A short story published after the Sinai Campaign described horrific massacres and rapes committed by IDF soldiers on residents of the Gaza Strip. How far was the fiction from fact?

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    • War Crimes and ‘Unpleasantness’: Israel’s censorship List

      Published in Haaretz, October 20, 2021

      The list of historical documents reveals suspicions that Haganah soldiers committed murder, torture, theft and looting during the War of Independence.

      Read the article

    • "Half educated Arabs are Not a Cause for Worry"

      Published in Haaretz, September 17, 2021

      Extraordinary declassified documents reveal the reasons cited by Israel’s top security officials for repressing the country’s Arab minority.

      Read the article

    • History in Shreds


      Published in Haaretz, June 25, 2021

      Official documents tend to disappear along with senior officials who retire. The real problem start when the defense establishment enters the picture.

      Read the article

    • The Best-Laid Plans

      Published in Haaretz, June 5, 2021

      Contrary to the claim that Israel suddenly found itself holding territories after the June ’67 war, declassified documents reveal detailed directives drawn up by the IDF ahead of the prolonged policing mission it would be tasked with.

      Read the article

    • When Israel Censored Poets for Being 'Tools of Expression of Arab Nationalism'

      Published in Haaretz, May 21, 2021

      Some 50 years ago, Druze poet Samih al-Qasim was indicted for not complying with state censorship rules before publishing a book of poems. Not all members of the Hebrew Writers Association agreed to act on his behalf. Finally, with Prime Minister Golda Meir’s intervention, his trial was canceled.

      Read the article

    • ‘I Saw Every Arab as an Enemy’

      Published in Haaretz, January 8, 2021

      Testimonies reveal the ways military rule embittered the lives of Israeli Arabs for almost two decades – and how the state tried to hide it.

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    • The Cleansing of the Golan Heights

      Published in Haaretz, June 19, 2020

      The popular propaganda film ‘Six Days’ glorified Israel’s achievements in the 1967 war – but an intolerable price was exacted during its shooting.
    • Arab Citizens Behind Barbed Wire

      Published in Haaretz, May 28, 2020

      Documents in Israel’s State Archives reveal disturbing truths about the military restrictions imposed on Arab city dwellers during the War of Independence.

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  • WEBINARS & EVENTS (in Hebrew)

    • "The word security is like rubber"

      The launch event of our digital document collection Military Rule 1948-1966. The collection includes hundreds of original archive documents of the Military Rule imposed on Palestinian citizens of Israel between 1948 and 1966, and provides direct contact with documentation of one of the forgotten and repressed periods in the history of the State of Israel.




    • Mole in Kafr Qasim

      In a webinar held on October 28, 2021, on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the Kafr Qassim massacre, Akevot’s researcher and author of the book The Kafr Qassem Massacre: Political Biography, Adam Raz, talked about the questions that are still open and what “Operation Mole” has to do with the massacre.

    • Introduction to the Military Rule

      In a webinar that took place on July 15, 2020, Akevot’s researcher Adam Raz described the Military rule applied over Palestinian citizens of Israel from 1948 to 1966, its goals, structure, and activities.

    • The objectives of the Military Rule

      In a webinar that took place on August 5, 2020, Akevot’s researcher Adam Raz examined the Military Rule’s objectives – overt and covert – based on archival documents declassified by Akevot in recent months.

    • Living under the Military Rule

      In a webinar that took place on September 9, 2020, the Israeli-Palestinian writer and publicist Uda Basharat described the daily life under the Military Rule and its implications on Palestinian society in Israel.

    • The controversy over the Military Rule

      In a webinar that took place on October 14, 2020, Akevot’s researcher Adam Raz recounts the controversy – across all the Israeli political factions – about the Military Rule throughout its years of existence and the sometimes-surprising positions of public figures, parties, and movements.

    • Researching the Military Rule

      In a webinar that took place on January 4, 2021, we hosted some of the most prominent researchers on the Military Rule, who have written about this era in different times and from various perspectives: Sabri Jiryis, whose book “The Arabs in Israel” (1966) was the first description of the Military Rule; Dr. Sarah Ozacki-Lazar, one of the first researchers on the Military Rule; Dr. Arnon Degani, who writes about the daily life during the Military Rule. The discussion was hosted by Akevot’s researcher Adam Raz.

    • Following the book: Looting of Arab Property in the War of Independence

      A webinar following the book by Akevot’s researcher Adam Raz: “Looting of Arab Property in the War of Independence.” The webinar was attended by Prof. Mustafa Kabha and Haaretz journalist Ofer Aderet, who spoke with Raz about the research for the book and the reactions to it in Israel and around the world.