What Happened in Lydd?
Educational tour about the Nakba in the city of Al-lydd/Lod
On the 73rd anniversary of the occupation of Lod and in light of recent events, Zochrot invites you to join us for a tour to AlLydd to learn about the Nakba and the ongoing Nakba, of accountability and recourse.
Monday, July 12 6pm-8pm
In this tour we will explore the city and learn about its glorious past. We will pass several sites and focus on the brutal occupation of the city in 1948, we will hear about the looting of houses and property, the massacre and the expulsion, about how the expelled were prevented from returning and how the few who survived that ethnic cleansing were confined in a “Ghetto”. We will hear about processes of Judaization, including the resettlement of Jewish immigrants in Palestinian houses on the one hand and the destruction of the city’s Arab-Palestinian identity on the other. We will expose the extent of lingering trauma in the Palestinian consciousness in the context of the Nakba in general and in particular in Al-Lydd.
Out of twenty thousand residents, only a thousand remained in Lydd after the Nakba. Israeli authorities made the city a refuge to other Palestinian families who were expelled from nearby villages, making the Palestinian minority in Lydd a deeply traumatized, constantly threatened and marginalized community within the Jewish majority that settled in Palestinian houses and took over the city.
We will meet activists from this community to try to understand the consequences of those processes for the city’s populace and reality today.
The tour will start at Sabil Subeikh (near Ha’shoter square, the corner of Hashmonaim St & Tzahal Blvd), we will walk through the main road of the old town, the Ghetto compound, the great mosque, saint George church, Khan AlHilo and the Dahamash mosque, where Israeli forces massacred dozens of the city’s residents in 1948.
We will meet at 18:00 at Sabil Sobeikh (Ha’shoter square)
A bus to the tour will leave Tel Aviv at 17:15 from Lewinsky garden 31 Ha’gdud Haivri St
Please sign up here to participate and the ensure your seat on the bus.
The tour will be held in Hebrew and Arabic. Translation to English will be provided to those who need it.
For further inquiries contact Umar alGhubari: 0528743099
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