Erasing Palestinian Memory

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.

FRIENDS: Now More Than Ever

Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Share This Article

More in: