When the Arab–Israeli war raged in 1948, librarians from Israel’s National Library followed soldiers as they entered Palestinian homes in towns and villages. Their mission was to collect as many valuable books and manuscripts as possible. They are said to have gathered over 30,000 books from Jerusalem and another 30,000 from Haifa and Jaffa.
Using eyewitness accounts, this film tries to understand why thousands of books appropriated from Palestinian homes still languish in the Israeli National Library vaults and why they have not been returned to their rightful owners. Was it cultural preservation or robbery?
A film by Benny Brunner
- The Great Book Robbery (aytacgok.wordpress.com)
- Watch: The Great Book Robbery, Israel’s 1948 looting of Palestine’s cultural heritage (windowintopalestine.blogspot.com)
- Report: Israeli police caught robbing Palestinian workers (windowintopalestine.blogspot.com)
- The Great Book Robbery in Palestine by Israel (windowintopalestine.blogspot.com)