Erasing Palestinian Memory

by
Abby Zimet

A historic and architectural jewel "dressed in crafted Jerusalem stone," Lifta is the last intact, though empty, Palestinian village surviving the Israeli war of independence - and thus a potent symbol of Palestinian dispossession. In a battle of duelling narratives of past and future, Israel wants to build a luxury complex of mall, hotel, apartments there; Palestinians want to erect a museum to mark the nakba - catastrophe. Can you erase history? Israel is trying: More on their attempt to "exact forgetfulness" here.

"This isn't about stealing a house or land. It's about stealing a life and memories." - Yacoub Odeh, 71, whose parents lived in Lifta.

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