ISRAEL: Untimely Story

A TV blackout of history

"Hail a Jewish Hirbet Hiza. Who will ever recall that once there was a Hirbet Hiza, which we exiled and inherited. We came, shot, burned, blew up, pushed and exiled. What the hell are we doing in this place? Will the walls not scream in the ears of those who will live in this village?"

The speaker is never identified, but his words have moved Israeli readers ever since the appearance in 1949 of a novella called The Tale of Hirbet Hiza. The story, by now an Israeli classic, deals with the cruel behavior of a...

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