Palestine Broadcasting Service

The Palestine Broadcasting Service (PBS) was the state-owned radio broadcasting station that operated from Jerusalem (with the main transmitter in Ramallah) from March 1936 until the end of the Mandate.[1][2] It broadcast programs in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, with broadcasting time allotted in that order.[3] Its Hebrew service, Kol Yerushalayim, which was inaugurated on March 30, 1936, played an important role in the development of Hebrew as a national language for the founders of Israel.[2] While news broadcasts and political commentary was heavily censored, the PBS' cultural programs - including its live music broadcasts - played an important role in the development of interwar Palestinian and Zionist (later Israeli) national identities.


  1. "FROM THE ARCHIVES - A BRIEF HISTORY OF RADIO IN THE COUNTRY",, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (accessed May 2, 2012)
  2. Tamar Liebes and Zohar Kampf, "“Hello! This is Jerusalem calling”: The revival of spoken Hebrew on the Mandatory radio (1936–1948)", Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture, Volume 29, Issue 2, 2010, 137-158
  3. Andrea Stanton, "Jerusalem Calling: The Birth of the Palestine Broadcasting Service", "Jerusalem Quarterly", Volume 50, Summer 2012, 6-22
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