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Monday, July 2, 2012

Probably a prickly topic for a documentary but worth viewing...

The Great Book Robbery documentary.

70,000 Palestinian books were systematically “collected” by the newly born state of Israel during the 1948 war. The story of the “collected” books is at the heart of this film.

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

On May 15, Palestinians mark the anniversary of the “Nakba”, the systematic expulsion of the Palestinian people by Zionist militias that began in late 1947 and lasted through 1948 and beyond.

As well as land and properties, a lesser known aspect of that expulsion is that Israel looted Palestinian homes over their cultural treasures, among them books, manuscripts, personal papers, photographs and works of art.

PS Publisher GMP. Publishing of this documentary on this blog was not something I took lightly. I have friends who are both Muslim and Jewish, and I would like to see a world where everyone lived in harmony, but the subject of this film is fact, as was the Jewish Holocaust by the Nazis in the Second World War. Both are shameful acts of humans against humans and need to be lessons against similar inhumane behaviour in future. "Let Love Rule" between all nations and all people, because the alternative is just more of the same. Evolution dictates that we improve our behaviour or we cannot truly claim the title "civilized".

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