Kafkaesque, local style

Residents of Walaja find their village being turned into a tourist attraction.

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March 16, 2016 21:15
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El Walaja

Israeli soldiers run during clashes with Palestinian protesters at a protest marking the 66th anniversary of Nakba, in the West Bank village of El Walaja near Bethlehem May 15, 2014. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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In the daily reality of this region, good intentions are not always enough, and absurdity is never that far away. This goes for the small Arab village of Walaja, located in southwest Jerusalem, within the city’s jurisdiction since 1967.

Good intentions in this particular case involve a wide range of actions taken by the some 4,500 residents of the village, which until 1948 was located on what today are the Ora and Aminadav moshavim. The residents of Walaja fled and dispersed over several refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, also finding new homes in North and South America.

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