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Chronicling Israeli Elections

Have you ever wondered which campaign promises are honored and which are not? Have you questioned whether the pressing issues from elections decades ago are more or less relevant today? With Israeli elections fast approaching, the National Library has re-launched the interactive "Election Chronicles" online portal where visitors can marvel at campaign posters and other items from throughout Israel's history and learn more about the contentious issues of the day. The project is one of many Library initiatives intended to open access to its fascinating collections of archives and ephemera.​

​"Before television and the Internet, campaign posters and leaflets were the primary media through which political parties communicated with the public," explains Dr. Hezi Amiur, the National Library's Israel Collection curator responsible for the project's content.

 

 

Beyond simple nostalgia, these items clearly have an important role in terms of better understanding politics of the past, how political parties chose to express themselves and on which topics they focused. The portal content can be easily sorted by type of media, allowing users to view press clippings, posters, advertisements, photographs or audio/visual materials at the click of a mouse.


In addition to being able to view and sort captivating historical objects such as campaign posters and press clippings, visitors to the portal also have a wide range of options for learning more about different election cycles in Israeli history, as they can sort by election year or by topic, such as "Social Agenda" or "Religion and State". According to Dr. Amiur, "Election propaganda serves as a fantastic and unmediated means of becoming acquainted with the political climate of a specific period; this information can then be used to better understand political agendas and their impact on Israeli society." The "Election Chronicles" project is available in Hebrew and English on the National Library's website.