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Author Benvenisti, Meron, 1934-

Title Sacred landscape : the buried history of the Holy Land since 1948 / Meron Benvenisti ; translated by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  956.042 BENV    DUE 18-09-19
Physical description 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-352) and index.
Contents 1. The Hebrew Map -- 2. White Patches -- 3. Exodus -- 4. Ethnic Cleansing -- 5. Uprooted and Planted -- 6. The Signposts of Memory -- 7. Saints, Peasants, and Conquerors -- 8. The Last Zionists.
Summary "As a Young Man, Meron Benvenisti often accompanied his father, a distinguished geographer, when the elder Benvenisti traveled through the Holy Land charting a Hebrew map that would rename Palestinian sites and villages with names linked to Israel's ancestral homeland. Benvenisti's youthful experiences are central to this book, and his story helps explain how an Arab landscape, both physical and human, was transformed into an Israeli, Jewish state." "Benvenisti discusses the process by which new Hebrew nomenclature replaced the Arabic names of more than 9,000 natural features, villages, and ruins in Eretz Israel/Palestine. He then explains how the Arab landscape has been transformed through war, destruction, and expulsion into a flourishing Jewish homeland accommodating millions of immigrants. The resulting encounters between two peoples who claim the same land have raised great moral and political dilemmas, which Benvenisti presents with candor and impartiality."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949 -- Refugees.
Names, Geographical -- Israel -- History.
Arab-Israeli conflict -- Social aspects.
Villages -- Israel -- History.
Palestinian Arabs -- Israel -- History -- 20th century.
Israel -- Historical geography.
Israel -- Ethnic relations.
ISBN 0520211545 (alk. paper)