For 70 years, Israel has tried to erase Palestinian history. And for 70 years, Palestinians have resisted erasure. My mother helped me understand how. In her expansive history of Jerusalem, British author Karen Armstrong describes a peculiar pastime of Moshe Dayan, the Israeli general who, in 1967, captured the city's eastern half. Dayan, it turns out, was "the most famous of Israel's amateur archaeologists," an avid practitioner with "a quasi-religious passion" for unearthing fragments of Jerusalem's Jewish past. This "patriotic archaeology" was more than hobby, though. Dayan saw in it a way to inspire allegiance, among Jewish Israelis, to the…Read More...
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