Mandatory Citizenship #general


Israel P
 

I just received a phone call >from the Israel National Archives advising me
that due to new privacy regulations, they can no longer permit the public to
order (to see or copy) Mandatory Citizenship files that are less than seventy
years old, unless the Ministry of Internal Affairs give permission. (And why
should they??!)

The full regulations on the matter have not been published, so for the time
being we are in limbo. They said I should inquire further in two weeks.

Since the files that were not destroyed by the withdrawing Mandatory
Government do not begin until 1933, this new policy may wipe out this entire
database as a useful resource, though the microfilm index has not yet been
declared off-limits.

Israel Pickholtz

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