28,000 historic photos taken in Israel were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons’ servers after developing program detecting images whose copyrights have expired, making them freely available to anyone.
By Omer Kabir
28,000 public-domain photos extracted from public and private archives in Israel are now available on Wikimedia Commons, the media sharing platform operated by San Francisco-headquartered nonprofit The Wikimedia Foundation Inc., which also operates Wikipedia.
The released photos include images documenting the early days of the Jewish settlement in what later became the state of Israel. Some examples: the graduation ceremony of the first batch of Jewish air force pilots taken in 1939 in the British airport that preceded Ben Gurion International airport, Israel’s main aerial gateway; Jewish British Army recruits training for battle in 1941; and an outdoor Torah class in 1920s’ Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
A former Dakar crew member describes what it was like to search for the sunken submarine after he was ordered to return on a different sub from Portsmouth to Haifa, the journey the Dakar never finished.
By Yoav Zitun
It’s been almost 50 years since the Israeli Dolphin class submarine Dakar sank in the waters off of Crete. Now, new color pictures are being released of the crew and of the submarine – the last pictures of these young men before their submarine sank to the bottom of the sea, never to surface again.
The Dakar – Photo: Association of Former Dolphin Submariners
A short video of the sailors and the submarine has been gathering dust in the house of one of the submariners’ widows, Bat Sheva Tal. Continue Reading »
The $1.4 million collection, of over 1,000 black & white photos, includes pictures of Jerusalem and the Galilee, some of which date back to 1840.
A collection of pictures of Jerusalem and other places in Israel from the 19th century has been sold for $1.4 million the British newspaper The Daily Mail reports.
The collection consists of over 1,000 black and white photos, the earliest of which are from 1840.
The photo set includes pictures of Mt. Zion, al-Aqsa Mosqe, and the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. The photos are amongst the oldest photos of Jerusalem ever captured. Continue Reading »
Here’s a selection from a new archive, pictures of Jewish Jerusalem from over 100 years ago.
By Amit Cotler
Not long ago we published pictures of Tel Avivians surviving winter throughout the years, and before that, how Tel Avivians beat the heat.
This time, we get to see Jerusalem from 100 years ago. Elkana Steinmetz, marketing director of The Society for the Restoration and Development of the Jewish Quarter opened up his archive and showed us some real treasures.
“We hadn’t done much with the pictures until today,” Steinmetz said in an interview with Ynet. “But now, because of the ‘old-new’ picture trend, we took these pictures out.”
British soldiers at a synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem in the 1920’s at the beginning of the British Mandate Period – Photo: The Society for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter
Stairs to the roof of the Hurva synagogue – Photo: The Society for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter
Aaron Frieman on the roof of the Hurva synagogue, 1940’s, Jerusalem – Photo: The Society for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter
Jews at the Rothchild House before being driven out by the Jordanian Army, 1948
Holy Ark at the Hurva synagogue, 1864
Entrance gate to shelters in the Old City of Jerusalem, 1967
Among the pictures in the archive, one can see images of children of the Frieman family on the balcony of the synagogue in the Jewish quarter with a spectacular view of Jerusalem in the background, pictures of Yitzhak Rabin in the city, pictures of the holy ark of the Hurva synagogue, and more. Continue Reading »
Photographer Amir Ben-Dov of Israel wins top prize in BBC’s prestigious wildlife photography competition for his still photo of ‘A trio of red-footed falcons on a single branch.’
An Israeli photographer, Amir Ben-Dov, 53, has won a first place prize in annual The Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) 2015 competition, one of the most prestigious and largest nature and environment photography competitions in the world.
Amir Ben-Dov with A trio of red-footed falcons
The competition, which is sponsored by the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London and the BBC Wildlife Magazine, concluded Tuesday night with a ceremony in London. Continue Reading »
NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, currently on board the Int’l Space Station, photographs incredible images of the Holy Land on a particularly beautiful day.
Barry Wilmore, an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) recently snapped some images of Israel and its neighboring countries from his unique point of view on a particularly clear day.
The photos, published on NASA’s ISS Facebook page on Friday, were accompanied by the following description: “Israel – completely clear – on Christmas morning from the International Space Station. Astronaut Barry Wilmore woke up early on Christmas to reflect upon the beauty of the Earth and snap some images to share with the world.”
The photos from space garnered tens of thousands of likes and thousands of shares. Continue Reading »
Category: Israel News
This year’s snowstorm has brought both wonderment, smiles & plenty of damage. The following is both Arutz Sheva staff and reader submissions for Snowstorm 5774 (2013).
By Ben Bresky & Contributors
While children are out on the streets playing in the snow, others are surveying the damage caused by downed tree branches, downed power lines and other issues caused by the rare snow storm which has affected most of the county. Snow has hit Jerusalem, shutting down streets and cancelling buses. Snow has also hit northern Tzfat, Ariel, Gush Etzion, and other areas.
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The snow has brought both wonder, smiles and damage. Continue Reading »