Davar (Hebrew: דבר‎, lit. Word) was a Hebrew-language daily newspaper published in the British Mandate of Palestine and Israel between 1925 and May 1996.[1]

It was relaunched in 2016, under the name Davar Rishon, as an online outlet by the Histadrut.

Founded1 June 1925
Political alignmentHistadrut
Ceased publicationMay 1996
HeadquartersTel Aviv


דבר קוראים בקיבוץ הזורע 1937 זולטן קרוגר גנזך המדינה
Reading Davar is Kibbuz HaZore'a

Davar was established by Moshe Beilinson and Berl Katznelson, with Katznelson as its first editor. The first edition was published on 1 June 1925 under the name Davar – Iton Poalei Eretz Yisrael (lit. Davar – Newspaper of Eretz Yisrael Workers).

The paper was successful, and published several supplements, including Davar HaPoelet ([Female] Worker's Davar, a women's paper), HaMeshek HaShitufi (Co-operative Economy), Davar HaShvua (Davar This Week) and Davar LeYeldim (Davar for Children), as well as the union newsletter Va'adken (Update). By 1950 it had around 400 employees and had an extensive distribution system.

Upon Katznelson's death in 1944 Zalman Shazar, later President of Israel, took over as editor. Hana Zemer edited the paper between 1970 and 1990.

After the formation of the Labor Party by the merger of Mapai, Ahdut HaAvoda and Rafi in 1968, LaMerhav, the Ahdut HaAvoda-affiliated newspaper merged into Davar. Its last edition published on 31 May 1971 with Davar officially renamed "Davar – Meuhad Im LaMerhav" (lit. Davar – United with LaMerhav).

By the 1980s the paper was in severe financial difficulties. After Zemer retired in 1990, the paper had joint editors Yoram Peri and Daniel Bloch. The paper was renamed Davar Rishon and Ron Ben-Yishai took over as editor. However, the Histadrut closed the newspaper in 1996. Its building on the corner of Melchett and Shenkin streets in Tel Aviv was demolished and replaced by an apartment block.

In 2016, Davar Rishon was relaunched as a web-only news publication.[2] In April, 2019 the website was closed for a several weeks in a labor dispute but reopened with new management.[3][4]

Notable journalists


  1. ^ Why did Ben Gurion call Begin a 'Hitlerist type'? Haaretz, 7 July 2009
  2. ^ Cashman, Greer Fay (June 8, 2016). "Histadrut revives 'Davar' socialist newspaper online". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "ארגון העיתונאים ועובדי "דבר ראשון" עותרים נגד ההסתדרות וטוענים להתנכלות". גלובס (in Hebrew). 2019-04-21. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  4. ^ "במתכונת חדשה: 'דבר העובדים בארץ ישראל' יוצא לדרך". דבר העובדים בארץ ישראל (in Hebrew). 2019-05-01. Retrieved 2019-07-22.

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1927–28 in Mandatory Palestine football

The 1927–28 season was the 1st season of competitive football in the British Mandate for Palestine under the Eretz Israel Football Association, which was established during the season, on 18 July 1928, and thus it can also be considered to be the first season of competitive football in Israel.

1928 Palestine Cup

The 1928 People's Cup (Hebrew: גביע העם‎, Gvia HaAm) was the first season of Israeli Football Association's nationwide football cup competition. Matches began on 7 April 1928 and the final was played on 26 May 1928.

Hapoel Allenby Tel Aviv won the cup, beating Maccabi Hasmonean Jerusalem 2–0 in the final. However, the Jerusalem club appealed to the F.A., claiming that a Hapoel player, Moshe Meir wasn't registered. The appeal was accepted and the teams were ordered to share the cup.

1929 Palestine Cup

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Maccabi Tel Aviv won the cup, beating Maccabi Hasmonean Jerusalem 4–0 in the final, which was held on Maccabi Petah Tikva ground.

For the first (and penultimate) time, teams were allowed to enter reserve teams into the competition. However, only Maccabi Tel Aviv took advantage of this, and its B "Nordia" team reached the quarter-finals, before falling to Maccabi Zikhron Ya'akov after a replay.

1952 Wimbledon Championships – Girls' Singles

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1955–56 in Israeli football

The 1955–56 season was the 8th season of competitive football in Israel and the 30th season under the Israeli Football Association, established in 1928, during the British Mandate.

1962–63 Liga Leumit

The 1962–63 Liga Leumit season saw Hapoel Petah Tikva crowned champions for the fifth successive season, a record which remains unbeaten. Hapoel's Zecharia Ratzabi was the league's top scorer with 12 goals.

No club was relegated at the end of the season, as the league was expanded to 15 clubs the following season.

Ali-Akbar Davar

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Bhargavi Davar

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Davar Dar Mian-e Sofla

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Do Boneh, Kerman

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En Davar

"En Davar" (Hebrew script: אין דבר, English translation: "Never Mind") was the Israeli entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in Hebrew by Tal Sondak.

The song is a ballad, with Sondak singing to his lover and telling her that whatever is troubling her should not be dwelled upon. Rather, he tells her, she should let the words of his song wash away her troubles.

The song was performed fifth on the night, following Norway's Haldor Lægreid with "On My Own" and preceding Russia's Mumiy Troll with "Lady Alpine Blue". At the close of voting, it had received 25 points, placing 16th in a field of 23.

It was succeeded as Israeli representative at the 2002 Contest by Sarit Hadad with "Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light A Candle)".

Israel Super Cup

The Israel Super Cup, also known as Champion of Champions (Hebrew: אלוף האלופים‎, Aluf HaAlufim) is an Israeli association football club competition played as a single match between the winner of the latest Israeli top league champions and the winner of the latest Israel State Cup. If a team won both the championship and the state cup, their designated rival for the Super Cup match was the league runner-up.

The cup was first contested in 1957, but the title was an informal title, not sanctioned by the IFA Until 1969. As an IFA sanctioned competition, the competition was played annually, except for 1972, 1973 and 1987 until its cancellation in 1990.

Between 1969 and 1971 The IFA also sanctioned a "Champion of Champions" match for Liga Alef, which was played between the two regional winners of Liga Alef. The match was played once more, at the end of the 1975–76 season, and was discontinued after the establishment of Liga Artzit.

The most successful clubs were Hapoel Tel Aviv, Maccabi Netanya and Maccabi Tel Aviv with 5 titles each.

In March 2014 the IFA announced the renewal of the competition.

Israeli 25th Anniversary Cup

The 25th Anniversary Cup (Hebrew: גביע הכ"ה למדינה‎) was a stand-alone cup competition organized to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

The competition was played at the end of the 1972–73 season, while the national football team was involved in the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification. The cup was played as two competitions, for Liga Leumit and for Liga Alef.The Liga Leumit Cup was won by Maccabi Petah Tikva, who had beaten Maccabi Haifa in the final on penalties. The Liga Alef Cup was won by Hapoel Yehud, having beaten Hapoel Ramat Gan 2–0 in the final.

Janaky Athi Nahappan

Puan Sri Datin Janaky Devar (25 February 1925 – 9 May 2014), better known as Janaky Athi Nahappan, was a founding member of the Malaysian Indian Congress and one of the earliest women involved in the fight for Malaysian (then Malaya) independence.

Janaki grew up in a well-to-do Tamil family in Malaya and was only 16 when she heard Subhas Chandra Bose's appeal to Indians to give whatever they could for their fight for Indian independence. Immediately she took off her gold earrings and donated them. She was determined to join the women's wing, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment of the Indian National Army. There was strong family objection especially from her father. But after much persuasion, her father finally agreed.

She was among the first women to join the Indian National Army organised during the Japanese occupation of Malaya to fight for Indian independence with the Japanese. Having been brought up in luxury, she initially could not adapt to the rigours of army life. However, she gradually got used to military life and her career in the regiment took off. She became second in command of the regiment.After World War II she emerged as a welfare activist.

Janaki found the Indian National Congress's fight for Indian independence inspiring and joined the Indian Congress Medical Mission in then Malaya. In 1946 Nahappan helped John Thivy to establish the Malayan Indian Congress, which was modelled after the Indian National Congress. The party saw Thivy as its first president. Later in life, she became a senator in the Dewan Negara of the Malaysian Parliament.

The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of Padma Shri in 2000. She died at her house on 9 May 2014 due to pneumonia.


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Lady Alpine Blue

"Lady Alpine Blue" was the Russian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2001. It was performed by the rock group, Mumiy Troll. The lead singer, Ilia Lagutenko, who had also written the song, appeared dressed casually in a navy blue shirt and white trousers. The song's lyrics were rather unusual, but obviously a love song dedicated to the mysterious "Lady Alpine Blue", who appeared to be a newcomer in the singers' neighbourhood. The singer is leaving her, but tells her to "keep on smiling".

It performed sixth on the night, following Israel's Tal Sondak with "En Davar" and preceding Sweden's Friends with "Listen To Your Heartbeat". At the close of the voting had received 37 points, placing 12th in a field of 23.

During voting, the Latvian announcer Renārs Kaupers of Brainstorm who was Latvian entry the previous year, greeted Mumiy Troll with "Viva la rockapops!" exclamation. "Rockapops" is a term coined by Mumiy Troll frontman Ilia Lagutenko to describe the style of the music performed by himself and his peers. Brainstorm are known to be good friends with Mumiy Troll.

It was succeeded as Russian representative by Prime Minister with "Northern Girl".


Ovaro (Friulian: Davâr) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 120 kilometres (75 mi) northwest of Trieste and about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Udine. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,166 and an area of 57.8 square kilometres (22.3 sq mi).The municipality of Ovaro contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Agrons, Cella, Chialina, Clavais, Cludinico, Entrampo, Lenzone, Liariis, Luincis, Luint, Mione, Muina, and Ovasta.

Ovaro borders the following municipalities: Ampezzo, Comeglians, Lauco, Prato Carnico, Ravascletto, Raveo, Sauris, Socchieve, Sutrio.

Shiamak Davar

Shiamak Davar (born on 19 October 1961) is an Indian choreographer, noted as one of the first to bring contemporary jazz and western forms of dance to India. He is known as the guru of contemporary dance in India. He is responsible for modernizing India’s dance scene especially in the film and theatre industries. He is respected for his ever-evolving and very popular "Shiamak Style" of dance. He was the director of choreography for the Commonwealth Games, Melbourne and Commonwealth Games, Delhi. In 2011 he choreographed the dance sequences for the movie Mission Impossible 4.

Davar has choreographed Indian actors and celebrities for film and stage for events like the IIFA Awards and the Filmfare Awards. Bollywood actors Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Sushant Singh Rajput were members of the Shiamak Davar Dance Company. Upcoming Indian actors Ruslan Mumtaz, Shubh and child actor Darsheel Safary were also a part of the Shiamak Davar Dance Company.

Davar won the 1997 National Film Award for Best Choreography for his work in the film Dil to Pagal Hai, as well as the Lycra (R) MTV Style Awards 2007 for 'Most Stylish Song in a Film', for "Dhoom Again" in the Indian film Dhoom 2. In July 2011, Davar received an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University in recognition of his contribution to entertainment in India and throughout the world.Davar is a Gujarati-speaking Parsi.

Tal Sondak

Tal Sondak (Hebrew: טל סונדק‎; born July 23, 1976) is an Israeli singer.

His musical career started at the age of ten as a member of a boys choir. He received several first prizes at children's song festivals, most recently as a 15-year-old, where he won with a song that he had written himself.

He has represented Israel at several music festivals and sung for the Jewish community in Denmark, the USA, Switzerland and Canada. He has been a frequent guest on TV programs and in several musical projects in Israel.

In 2001, Sondak represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "En Davar" and reached 16th place with a total of 25 points.



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