During April–May 1948, almost the entire population of the residential Arab neighborhoods of West Jerusalem fled the fighting, leaving behind fully furnished houses, some with rich libraries. This article is about the "book salvage operation" conducted by the Jewish National and University Library, which added tens of thousands of privately owned Palestinian books to its collections. Based on primary archival documents and interviews, the article describes the beginnings and progress of the operation as well as the changing fortunes of the books themselves at the National Library. The author concludes with an exploration of the operation's dialectical nature (salvage and plunder), the ambivalence of those involved, and an assessment of the final outcome.
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Research Article| July 01 2011
Salvage or Plunder? Israel's "Collection" of Private Palestinian Libraries in West Jerusalem
Journal of Palestine Studies (2011) 40 (4): 6–23.
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Gish Amit; Salvage or Plunder? Israel's "Collection" of Private Palestinian Libraries in West Jerusalem. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 July 2011; 40 (4): 6–23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2011.XL.4.6
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