To all our colleagues and friends, thank you for your support and for being part of our 80th anniversary.
The State of Israel is Born Photo: Courtesy
The first issue of this newspaper, then called The Palestine Post, was published
in Jerusalem by its legendary founding editor, Gershon Agron, on December 1,
1932. Agron, who was born in Ukraine but grew up in Philadelphia, served as
editor until 1955, when he became mayor of Jerusalem, a position he held until
his death in 1959.
Since 1932, the paper has been printed daily (except
on Saturdays), sometimes against all odds. The editorial team even managed to
put out a newspaper the day after its downtown offices were bombed on February
Two years after the establishment of the State of Israel, the
paper was renamed The Jerusalem Post, at the suggestion of the late art editor,
Meir Ronnen, who made aliya from Australia.
The Post passed through a
variety of hands until the current owners, Mirkaei Tikshoret Ltd., took over
eight years ago.
For eight decades, it has faithfully reported on the
dramatic history of the Jewish state, in which there never seems to be a dull
day. Editors, reporters, graphic artists and printers have worked in stressful
circumstances and against the clock to produce a paper they can be proud of the
Many famous figures have visited the Post over the years, from
David Ben-Gurion to Shimon Peres, while a number of notable personalities and
journalists worked here, from David Bar-Illan to Wolf Blitzer. Over the years,
the paper produced many historic front pages (collected in a newly revised Front
Page Israel book), probably the best known being “STATE OF ISRAEL IS BORN” on
May 16, 1948.
With today’s newspaper you will find, instead of our usual
Friday Magazine, a special 80th anniversary supplement that displays the vast
scope of events and personalities that have graced the pages of the Post over
the years. It also reveals what an international mix is found at the
Edited by veteran journalist Greer Fay Cashman, a former Aussie,
the supplement features a cover picture taken by staff photographer Marc Israel
Sellem – an oleh from France – that shows Polish-born chief archivist Alexander
Zvielli reading the Post on an iPad. Zvielli, 91, has worked at the newspaper
for a record 67 years and is a walking encyclopedia of its history.
the 80th anniversary edition, Zvielli vividly recalls the attack on the Post
more than 64 years ago. He recounts how three Post staffers were killed – Haim
Faber, Nathan Rabinowitz and Moshe Weinberg – while others were wounded,
“half-blinded from the flying lead, glass and dust.” Zvielli credits his
Linotype machine for protecting him, but one of his eyes was injured.
the helm of the Post today are our Israeli owner, Eli Azur, and CEO Ronit
Hasin-Hochman, Editor-In-Chief Steve Linde, who made aliya from South Africa,
US-born Managing Editor David Brinn and News Editor (and Jerusalem Report
Editor-in-Chief) Ilan Evyatar, whose family came from the UK.
We have had
our ups and downs. Work strife peaked with a much-publicized walkout led by
David Landau in 1990, a year after the paper was purchased by David Radler’s
There have even been romances. One of our former editors-
in-chief, Bret Stephens (2002-2004), who was only 28 when he took up the
position, met his wife-to-be, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, at the Post. We even
have continuity, sometimes. Noa Amouyal, our new editorial assistant, is the
daughter of Barbara (Amouyal) Opall-Rome, who worked as police reporter in the
On behalf of the management of The Jerusalem Post, we thank all
those who currently work at the newspaper’s editorial headquarters in Jerusalem
and its administrative offices in Tel Aviv, where the Internet Department is
We also express our gratitude to all those who worked at the
Post in the past. Three of our most veteran staffers, Judy Siegel, Sarah Honig
and Liat Collins, have penned reports in today’s anniversary
A special thank-you to all our readers, some of whom have
been enjoying the paper for decades and others who have come aboard only
recently. Today, our readership has vastly expanded via a host of media, from
the International and French editions, Jerusalem Post lite and Ivrit, to our
website, JPost.com, which hit a record high of more than five million unique
visitors last month.
Finally, we pay tribute to a special class of our
readers – the diplomatic corps – whom we are hosting at our first Diplomatic
Conference in Herzliya next Wednesday.
To all our colleagues and friends,
thank you for your support and for being part of our 80th anniversary.