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Zochrot does a writeup about Lifta villagers

posted Nov 14, 2014, 12:14 AM by Lifta Society   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 1:06 AM ]
It's all about people: Narratives from Lifta

By Laura van Rij

עאידה נג'אר בשמלה מסורתית מליפתא / Aida Najjar with a Lifta traditional dress // Laura van Rij

Traditional Lifta dressNext to the western entrance of Jerusalem you can see the ruins of Lifta. This village has been a home to people from different backgrounds, Palestinians and Jews). Maybe that is why it became a symbol for the conflict in the region. Listening to the stories of the people of Lifta makes you understand what impact political decisions have on people’s lives and how important it is to listen to their memories and visions on the future.

While reading the interviews of Palestinians and Jews it is important to keep in mind that the existing power relations are visible in some of the stories and hidden in others. In the stories of the Palestinian refugees one can read them almost in every sentence (We can´t go back there…). The narrative of the people in power, those that want to start building in Lifta, is not present. They didn´t respond to my request for their story. 

I am Laura van Rij from The Netherlands, doing an internship at Zochrot as part of my master degree in Public History at the University of Amsterdam. From April until July I travelled from Tel Aviv to Ramallah and from Amman to Jerusalem to document the stories of the people of Lifta. 

I would like to thank Eitan Bronstein Aparicio from Zochrot for the supervision and translation of most of the interviews from English to Hebrew. I would also like to thank Yonat Nitzan-Green for her translations voluntarily to Hebrew. 

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