The Great Book Robbery

13 May

“Was the appropriation of Palestinian books and manuscripts in 1948 a case of cultural theft or preservation?”

Another great Al Jazeera documentary about the looting of Palestinian books during the Nakba.

“Goodbye, my books!  Farewell to the house of wisdom, the temple of philosophy, the scientific institute, the literary academy!
How much midnight oil did I burn with you, reading and writing, in the silence of the night while the people slept … farewell, my books!
I do not know what became of you after we left: were you looted?  Burned?  Were you transferred with due respect, to a public or private library?  Did you find your way to the grocer, your paper wrapping onions?”

— Khalil al-Sakanini

 

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