One village, two stories

Two narratives continued to live on – the story of the few former olim who settled and refused to leave, and on the other side, a few Palestinians who were born there and grew up in the village.

April 13, 2017 15:54
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Lifta. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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Lifta is a village situated on the slopes climbing up to Jerusalem. The village has ancient roots and is mentioned in the Mishna. More recently it was inhabited for decades by Palestinians, until many left following the War of Independence in 1948. Immediately after the establishment of the State of Israel, large waves of newcomers, mostly from Arab countries, were sent there to find a new home.

Like in Old Katamon and Baka and other places, Lifta became Jewish as olim managed to rebuild demolished homes for their families. Over the years, many of these families decided to leave the pastoral slopes of Lifta – which are isolated and hard to reach – for other places.


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