# PALESTINE /// The Right to the Ruin: Civilizational Absence in the Post-Nakba Landscapes

A good example fromThe Funambulist – a piece on the erasure of pre-1948 Palestinian villages.

The Funambulist

Bayt Jibrin (photo by deborah_bright)

What is wrong with these pictures? Start maybe by looking at them all. The landscapes that they show are beautiful and seem to be almost untouched by humans. The problem is that they are taken where Palestinian villages used to exist before 1948. Five days ago was the 65th anniversary of the Nakba (the catastrophe in Arabic), the day that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had to flee from their land when the State of Israel was established. These photographs are from the website of the association Zochrot that attempts to familiarize Israeli people with the tragic consequences that their country originated, advocate for a Palestinian right to return (see past article about it) and, hope for a bi-national reconciliation. In this regard, Zochrot has established a map (in Hebrew only) giving an inventory of the Palestinian villages that were evacuated and those that have been destroyed after 1948.

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1 Response to # PALESTINE /// The Right to the Ruin: Civilizational Absence in the Post-Nakba Landscapes

  1. dmfant says:

    Judith Butler Wednesday, 22 May 2013
    17:00 – 18:30
    Location: West Road Concert Hall
    http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2364/

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