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Wed Dec 7, 2011, 06:30 AM

World bodies must act now to save Lifta

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Earlier this year, the group 1948 Lest We Forget filed an application to the World Monuments Fund (WMF) to include the Palestinian village of Lifta in its 2012 World Monuments Watch List.

The WMF was chosen because it accepts nominations from individuals, institutions and organizations without the need for national or state endorsement. The fund is an independent organization registered as a charity and based in New York City. It is concerned with saving some of the world’s most treasured places, whether great buildings, sites or singular monuments.

In preparing the application, we carried out extensive research on Lifta — its rich history, its unique architectural, cultural and social character — and found it to be an embodiment of everything Palestinian.

The tragic history of Lifta is no less important an element in its nomination than its special architectural character. This is because Lifta, unlike most other urban environments, was built by its own inhabitants who also owned the houses and the nearly 1,200 hectares (approximately 3,000 acres) which belonged to it.

The construction of Lifta’s cube-like buildings topped by their domed roofs was only possible because of the use of the single natural material the inhabitants employed: the special Jerusalem stone. The unique cluster of buildings seem to be embedded into the gentle slopes of the hills around them, and not one house vies for recognition over its neighbor. These houses are a perfect example of how to build a community in total harmony with the physical environment without pretense or architectural pastiche.

http://electronicintifada.net/content/world-bodies-must-act-now-save-lifta/10642#.Tt9OFLIk72I

HA! Take that, Arutz Sheva!

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Wed Dec 7, 2011, 01:20 PM

1. Thanks.

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 01:10 PM

2. K&R

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 01:25 PM

3. Thanks fo posting

it seems for some actual physical evidence is too much and as the original victims of the Nakba are at least in the 60's time could be on the side of those that would like the memory to be delegitimized at the very least

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 02:30 PM

4. The Lifta that never will be

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