Letter to the Editor
June 27 news story on the village of Lifta [“Development plan for abandoned Palestinian village stirs up a troubled past”].
Of the 418 Palestinian villages that were depopulated of their Palestinian Muslim and Christian residents in the 1948 war, only 20 have more than a few buildings still standing.
The other 400 have been almost entirely destroyed. In that sense, the development plan for the village of Lifta offers a rare opportunity to preserve the heritage of the entire area, including the material evidence of a prosperous Arab village in the mid-20th century.
Any development should include the village’s former residents, who have published three detailed books on village history.
This development plan presents a symbolic opportunity: Preserving Lifta’s heritage as a Palestinian village would be a significant step the Israeli government could make toward living with its Palestinian citizens and acknowledging their past on the land.
Rochelle A. Davis, Washington
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