Wikimedia Israel
Wikimedia Israel Palestine
In 2018, Wikimedia Israel gathered archival images from the early 20th century with expired copyrights and published about 28,000 images to Wikipedia’s platform for free, public access. The photos give insight into life of Palestinian families in the region—Muslim, Christian, and Jewish— before the creation of the Israeli state. Learn more about life in historic Palestine at the Promised Land Museum.

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Image 1: The old city of Jerusalem, 1945. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 2: Jewish children of Yemeni descent during religious study, 1925. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 3: Druze women baking pita bread, 1920. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 4: The refugee ship “Gina” in the port of Haifa, 1944. From a collection of photographs by photographer Zoltan Kluger. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Images 5+6: The 14th Regiment Coast Battery of the British Royal Army in Haifa, Palestine, 1941. From a collection of photographs by photographer Zoltan Kluger. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 7: “Forty trees”, a holy place for Arabs in Haifa, Palestine, 1925. Photographed by Yosif Shoyig. From the Jewish National Fund photo archive. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 8: On November 19, 1947, Arabs in the desert surprised to see a new Jewish settlement was constructed overnight. Photographed by Melvski Avraham. From the Jewish National Fund photo archive.
(Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 9: Photographed in Jerusalem on January 1, 1930 by Ze’ev Vilnail with the caption “Living water.” Men are seen wearing the Ottoman tarboosh. From the Jewish National Fund photo archive.
(Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Images 10+11+12+13+14: On March 1, 1947, photographer known as Ms. Shortz documents guests arriving to a Jewish wedding and celebrating together. The photographer notes that the Arab guests brought cooked rice. From the Jewish National Fund photo archive. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 15: On May 9, 1929, photographer Yosef Shoyig photographs signs of honor “Herzl” (possibly referring to Theodor Herzl) received from the Turkish Sultan during his visit. From the Jewish National Fund photo archive.
(Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 16: Photograph of an Arab farmer, 1930. From the Jewish National Fund photo archive. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 17: View of Jaffa, Palestine, 1900. From the Moshe Sharett archives. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 18: Meeting with Arab leaders and Moshe Sharett, Itzhak Ben-Tzvi, Chaim Arlozorov, and Avraham Shapira at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, 1933. From the Moshe Sharett archives. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 19: A meeting at the United Nations with Eliyahu Epstein, secretary of the agency’s (unclear) management in Washington, and Andrey Gromyko, the Minister of Affairs of the USSR, 1947. From the Moshe Sharett archives. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 20: Jewish-Palestinian cadets in the Turkish Army, 1916. From the Moshe Sharett archives. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 21: 1944 poster in Mandate Palestine advocating for Jewish enlistment to the British Army, likely to the Jewish Brigade. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 22: 1940 poster calling for contributions to Keren Hayesod. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 23: A 1940 poster calling on the Jewish public to encourage immigration to Palestine. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 24: A Bedouin family passing through what is now Tel Aviv, 1933. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 25: A Bedouin family walking along the road near Kibbutz “Gal On” in 1946. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 26: A Bedouin Sheikh visiting a member of Kibbutz Maoz Haim in the Beit Shean Valley in 1938. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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Image 27: A family of new immigrants from Aden, Yemen in Haifa, Palestine, 1943. (Public domain/Wikimedia Israel)

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