Nostalgia for a place to which I have never been
A small hill overseeing a clean beach and the most beautiful lagoon. This is where I wish to live, it is not just any generic place with these characteristics. Tantura, a Palestinian village north of Haifa, is this place, and ever I first heard of it I always wanted to live there. Tantura was a village which was largely destroyed by the third battallion of the Hagana's Alexandaroni Brigades. All the remaining structures, except two, sate back to either the crusader or ealier periods. In 2000 Teddy Katz, an Israeli Masters student at Haifa University wrote his dissertation on the massacare that forced the inhabitants to leave, the masacare is well documented in Arabic ( see Al-Khaldi, Kai La Nansa, or Abu Sitteh, The Right of Return: Sacred, Legal and Possible) however, this seemed like the first time someone breaks the news to the Israeli public that they might have put a "little" too much force into making Palestinians leave. So Katz was taking to court, forced to apoligise to the Israeli Army and Alexandaroni Brigades for defamation, and to the best of my knowledge forced to concede his academic degree. Way to go for academic freedom!
Katz incident shows how the larger circle of zionism deals with the attacks on it. How dare anyone, not only any israeli, but anyone, bash the 'purity of arms'. After all, their arms are so digustingly pure, I would not go near them.
Anyway, this is Tantura, if anyone asks me where i want to live, I will tell them to log on and see.
I have to acknowledge the picture which I borrowed from www.palestineremembered.com, for a good cause, I believe so they wont mind.