Monday, January 22, 2018

Lifta update

CONSERVATION CONTROVERSY CONTINUED: EXCLUSIVE: The archaeological report Israel wants to bury. A survey obtained by i24NEWS warns Lifta, a unique heritage site, could be destroyed (Maya Margit). If Israel wants to bury the report, they haven't done too well so far. Haaretz got hold of a copy more than a year ago and publicized it then. I noted that story here. A key issue is that the site turned out to have been inhabited earlier than anyone thought – as early as the Hellenistic period.

Still the i24 article is longer and a bit more detailed. But the most important thing we learn from it is that the matter is not yet resolved. The ILA's development plan for the village is still active, but it appears none of it has been implemented. Watch this space.

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