Erased From Space And Consciousness: Israel And The Depopulated Palestinian Villages Of 1948

Paperback | September 7, 2015

byNoga KadmanForeword byOren Yiftachel

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Hundreds of Palestinian villages were left empty across Israel when their residents became refugees after the 1948 war, their lands and property confiscated. Most of the villages were razed by the new State of Israel, but in dozens of others, communities of Jews were settled-many refugees in their own right. The state embarked on a systematic effort of renaming and remaking the landscape, and the Arab presence was all but erased from official maps and histories. Israelis are familiar with the ruins, terraces, and orchards that mark these sites today-almost half are located within tourist areas or national parks-but public descriptions rarely acknowledge that Arab communities existed there within living memory or describe how they came to be depopulated. Using official archives, kibbutz publications, and visits to the former village sites, Noga Kadman has reconstructed this history of erasure for all 418 depopulated villages.

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Hundreds of Palestinian villages were left empty across Israel when their residents became refugees after the 1948 war, their lands and property confiscated. Most of the villages were razed by the new State of Israel, but in dozens of others, communities of Jews were settled-many refugees in their own right. The state embarked on a sys...

Noga Kadman is a researcher and licensed tour guide whose main interest is to explore the encounter between Israelis and the Palestinian presence in the landscape and history of the country. She is co-editor of Once Upon a Land: A Tour Guide to Depopulated Palestinian Villages and Towns (in Hebrew and Arabic).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253016762

ISBN - 13:9780253016768

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Oren Yiftachel
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
List of Abbreviations
List of Foreign Terms
Introduction
1. Depopulation, Demolition, and Repopulation of the Village Sites
2. National Identity, National Conflict, Space, and Memory
3. The Depopulated Villages as Viewed by Jewish Residents
4. Naming and Mapping the Depopulated Village Sites
5. Depopulated Villages in Tourist and Recreational Sites
Conclusion: The Remains of the Past, A Look Toward the Future
Appendix A: Maps and Lists of the Depopulated Palestinian Villages
Appendix B: Official Names Given to Depopulated Palestinian Villages by the Government Names Committee
Appendix C: Mapping the Depopulated Palestinian Villages over the Decades
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"In an age when each side to this conflict staunchly holds to its narrative of the past, many Israelis are likely to regard Kadman's book as an unwelcome reminder of a part of that past they would like to disregard. For students of that history, however, this study adds an important layer to the story.... Highly recommended." -Choice