Hagar Hillel, daughter of Iraqi born Shlomo Hillel, former
speaker of the Kneset, unfortunately died at an early age.
The family has arranged to commemorate her activities with
the Tel Aviv University.
The Exilarch foundation was pleased to cover the entire
cost of the program.
February 3, 2006
The Hagar Hillel Section on the Jewish
Press in Arab Countries, on the Jewish Newspapers Site
Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with other institutions,
is designing The Jewish Newspapers Site where visitors will
be able to freely search original editions of newspapers
and journals, which will be scanned using special software.
At this juncture the site has copies of the Palestine Post
from 1930-1950, and the Bulletin de l'Alliance Israelite
Universelle from 1860-1913. Copies of the newspaper Hamagid
are currently being processed and will be available on the
Given the special interest by the late Hagar Hillel in
researching the Jewish press in Arab countries, it is hereby
agreed that a social section will be opened as part of the
aforementioned site, through the financial support of the
Hillel Family, to be devoted to this topic and which will
be named in Hagar's memory. In order to perpetuate her memory,
the site will also include a link to pages that will have
her photo, her life story, a list of her publications and
a selection of her work. This memorial section of the site
will be ready by the end of June 2006.
With regard to newspapers and journals to be included in
the site, this will depend upon their availability, copyrights,
and naturally, the budget at the site's disposal. At this
stage it is promised that during the first two to three
years of the site's establishments copies of at least two
newspapers to which Hagar devoted her research will be placed
on the site: L 'Avenir and Israel (all three linguistic
Furthermore, the staff of the Jews of Islamic Countries
Archiving Project, which operates the site for Tel Aviv
University, will attempt to locate additional newspapers
and journals that appeared in Arab countries, or which served
as newsletters for émigrés from Arab countries
in Israel or throughout the Diaspora, and will try to include
these on the site as well, as far as this is possible. Among
the journals published in Israel, possible candidates are,
for example, Hed Hamizrach and Affikim.
In exchange for developing the site, the family will contribute
to the JIC Archiving Project at Tel Aviv University the
sum of $27,500. Provisions for transferring the contribution
to the University will be decided separately.
The Jewish Newspapers Site operates in conjunction with
other institutions, such as the National and University
Library and the Alliance Israelite Universelle Library in
Paris. In the event their cooperation shall be required
in order to place the newspapers on the site, this will
naturally be noted on the site. Of course if, for any reason
whatsoever, Tel Aviv University will stop operating the
Jewish Newspaper Site and one of the aforementioned partners
continues to do so, the University undertakes to transfer
the newspaper scans prepared for the Hagar Site, as well
as the processed results using the Olive software, to the
body undertaking to continue operating the site.
These agreements shall be valid upon their signature by
a representative of the Hillel Family, the authorized signatory
for the University, and the Chief Researcher for the JIC
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