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The Lifta Controversy

posted Apr 29, 2011, 5:59 PM by Lifta Society   [ updated Apr 30, 2011, 3:47 PM ]

The Lifta Controversy


Beneath the Jerusalem hills, near the entrance to the city, are the remains of the former Arab village of Lifta. All of Lifta's Arab residents fled or were forced out during Israel's war for independence in 1948.

Today, it's the only once-Arab village in Israel that has not been destroyed or resettled by Jews. Lifta's former Arab residents want it back. The Jerusalem government wants it developed for luxury housing, and some preservationists, on both sides, want it kept as a place of memory and, hopefully, reconciliation.  Broadcast on April 22nd, 2011 on PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
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