Ha-heres ha-nitan le-bdikah"

Translated title of the contribution: The Destruction that can be Studied: Israeli Archaeology and the abandoned Palestinian Villages

Raz Kletter, Gideon Sulimany

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Critical discussion of the deserted Palestinian villages in Israel and of a 1964 research proposal by A. Eitan (later Director of the Department of Antiquities) to Yigael Yadin to study the destrcution process of the villages as a test case, for comparison with destrcutions found in archaeological excavations. The proposal was never implemented; many vilages were destryed in a special operation during 1965-68. The arcaheologists helped the operation by defining most of the villages as late (post 1700 AD; hence, not protected by antiquities' legislation). In recent years, the very same places (cleaned of Palestinian essences, when the memories of 1948 are no longer so vivid) are grapsed as 'neutral' antiquities sites.
Original languageOther/Unknown
JournalTe'oriya Uviqoret
Issue numberSpring 2014
Pages (from-to)207-235
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • History of Arcaheology
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Zionism
  • 1948
  • deserted villages
  • politics
  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Antiquities

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Kletter, R., & Sulimany, G. (2014). Ha-heres ha-nitan le-bdikah". Te'oriya Uviqoret, 42 (Spring 2014), 207-235.