This article is about an Israeli newspaper. For the Iranian minister, see Ali Akbar Davar.
Owner(s) Histadrut
Founded 1 June 1925
Political alignment Histadrut
Language Hebrew
Ceased publication May 1996
Headquarters Tel Aviv

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.


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]

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.
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