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On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 6:19 PM Michal Lester <>

> Hello all,
> I'm happy to share with you that last Monday, nearly four months after
> Wikimedia Israel’s extraction of nearly 28-thousand public-domain
> photographs <> from archives
> affiliated with the State of Israel and the Zionist movement, an agreement
> was finally reached to reconcile the differences between the parties and to
> assure future cooperation.
> The archives from which the photographs had been extracted last November
> questioned the legitimacy of Wikimedia Israel’s move and demanded an
> apology for the misuse of their websites. They agreed, on the other hand,
> to enhance access to public-domain material stored in their archives and to
> further cooperation with Wikimedia Israel.
> Following the agreement, Wikimedia Israel released a statement saying it
> “regrets the situation that has resulted from lack of communication between
> the archives and Wikimedia Israel”. The statement further says that
> “different world-views and organizational cultures harmed the dialogue and
> distorted the understanding of the intentions of the archives and of
> Wikimedia Israel”. The statement ends by saying that “this is not how the
> affairs should have been conducted, and we wish to apologize to anyone who
> sees themselves offended by the move”.
> The agreement calls for better access to public material, while maintaining
> better sensitivity, and “respecting the rights of those who deposited the
> material and the Israeli law”. In addition, Wikimedia Israel offered its
> help in the effort to digitalize the material and make it more accessible.
> This should serve not only Israelis, but also people throughout the Middle
> East, who could find interest in historical photographs taken decades ago
> in neighboring countries and territories.
> I hope that in the near future this agreement will lead to a better
> collaboration and releasing of materials.
> Michal
> *Michal Lester,*
> *Executive DirectorWikimedia Israel*
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