Hebrew Writers Association in Israel

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The Hebrew Writers Association in Israel (Hebrew: אגודת הסופרים העברים במדינת ישראל‎, previously אגודת הסופרים העבריים בארץ ישראל or אגודת הסופרים העבריים) is a professional association of writers and poets, who write in the Hebrew language in Israel. (There are also associations of writers in Israel who write in other languages, including Arabic.)

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The Association was established in Tel Aviv in 1921 by Hayim Nahman Bialik, to enrich the Hebrew cultural arena in the then Mandate Palestine.[1] The first meeting was attended by some 70 writers and Nahum Sokolow was elected honorary president.[1] Others who have held this position include: Hayim Nahman Bialik, Ahad Ha'am, Mordechai ben Hillel, Jacob Fichman, Asher Barash and Aharon Avraham Kabak.

The Association currently has approximately 450 members, including authors, poets, directors and dramatists.[1]

The Association publishes a literary journal called "Moznaim" (Scales), founded in 1928 by Hayim Nahman Bialik, the first issue being published on 15 March 1929.[2]

In 1950, at the initiative of Asher Barash, the Association established Machon Genazim (Repository Institute), now known as the Asher Barash Bio-Bibliographical Institute, as a central archive for the conservation of works in Hebrew.[3]

Other operations of the Association are designated for the promotion of Israeli writers and their work. The Association operates as a trade union, representing its members to "ACUM", the Publishers Association of Israel, tax authorities and other institutions.[1]

The offices of the Association are at "Beit HaSofer", Tel Aviv, which also houses the archives and editorial staff of the journal.

Controversy[edit]

In April 2012, the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel launched a blistering attack on "What Must Be Said" and threatened to call for International PEN to "publicly distance itself from Grass'[sic] remarks and to come out against all expressions of delegitimization against Israel and the Jewish people."[4]

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