Thursday, June 7, 2007

40 years to the Fall of Jerusalem

40 years ago from today, the Israeli army completed its occupation of Palestine by conquering Jerusalem. Seen here is an Israeli soldier erasing the Arabic script from a street sign, possibly the first step in Israel's now long-standing policy of changing the character of the city. The rest of Palestine suffered a similar fate, with hundreds of villages depopulated, roads rerouted, people expelled, houses demolished and places renamed. The 1000-mile journey starts with one step, and the theft of a whole country starts with one street sign.

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