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Nothing new under Israel’s sun

Perhaps more cogent than anything in the article* that forms the basis of this review itself — although the article makes many valid observations, all based on the direct experience of the author and his family — is the following quotation from a famed Israeli leader, as quoted in the contentious comments following it.

Israeli countryside

The Israeli countryside has many new forests, under some of which are remains of old Palestinian villages.
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Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I don’t blame you because geography books no longer exist; not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibat; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kfar Yehushu’a in the place of Tal al Shuman. There is not one single place that did not have a former Arab population.

— Moshe Dayan’s address to the Technion, Haifa (as quoted in Ha’aretz, 4 April 1969).

*Originally published as a review of a Los Angeles Times opinion article on the history of Israel as seen by Palestinians.

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