Akevot Institute now offers a variety of guided tours and lectures based on our research and incorporating original archival records uncovered by our researchers. The lectures and tours are intended for the general public, interest groups, organizations, students and more and are delivered by Akevot Institute staff in Hebrew or English.

Lectures can be given at our office in Haifa or another venue of your choosing.

On this page, you will find the list of lectures and tours on offer. Please note that special lectures on other topics related to the work of Akevot Institute can be arranged.

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Following Sammi Saadeh

“I found a strange family in the house, made up of a man named ‘Maman,’ his wife and his brother-in-law. They entered the house after opening it with their special means and occupied one room, once they’d emptied the furniture that was in it.”

Sami Saadeh was a Palestinian resident of Haifa during the 1948 War. After the war, he was forced to move from his home in the lower city to an apartment on Abbas Street. One evening, he discovered to his dismay, that a Jewish family had invaded his home. Akevot Institute invites you on a tour of Haifa that follows Mr. Sami Saadeh’s personal story and, through it, reveals the city’s history in the aftermath of the war.

Sami’s story was also documented in a play entitled The Personal Tragedy of Mr. Sami Saadeh, published by Carmel Publishing (in Hebrew).


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Kafr Qasim Massacre – The historical reality and the political story:

Using archival records, the lecture deals with the 1956 Kafr Qasim Massacre and its emergence as a defining moment in contemporary Israeli politics.

From Military Rule to a military regime:

What was the basis for the Military Rule imposed on Palestinian citizens of Israel from 1948 to 1966? How did the Military Rule affect Palestinian citizens of Israel, and what can it teach us about the military regime that was imposed on the Occupied Territories after the 1967 War?

“What is good for a citizen to know”: Information politics in government archives:

“A regime which takes upon itself the authority to determine what is good for the citizen to know, will eventually also determine what is good for the citizen to think.”  (Justice Moshe Landau)

While Israeli law on public access to archival records is rather liberal, the vast majority of the documents kept in the Israel State Archive and the IDF Archive are inaccessible to the public. On what issues does Israel take special care to deny the public information? What hidden mechanisms work to control the narrative?

Haifa 1947-1949 – A story from three perspectives:

Haifa was the crown jewel of the British mandate in Palestine, the city of the future in the north. What happened to British rule during the war? What was the relationship between the British authorities, the Haganah forces and the city’s Arab Committee? What happened to the 74,000 Palestinian residents of Haifa during and after the 1948 War? These questions and more will be answered in this lecture.


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