The fall of a village in the 1948 war: A historical close-up of the conquest of Mi’ilya and its surrender

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Abstract

The present paper attempts to take a close look at the events surrounding the conquest of the Palestinian village of Mi’ilya in the 1948 war based on Hebrew-language documents in the Israel Defense Forces archive and interviews conducted in Arabic with elderly people living in Mi’ilya. Its aim is to explore how these two types of sources and the distinct cultures of remembrance which they represent may be combined to produce a new historical canvas, affording a broader and deeper picture than could be achieved based on the Israeli archive alone or on Palestinian memories alone. Our main concern has been to reconstruct the past, a task that has become particularly urgent as regards oral memories of the war. At the same time we seek to show how present-day cares weigh on our recollections of the past and affect their form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-429
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 May 2018

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