Link to the Documentary,of which eyewitness accounts recall the events from the book robbery.
Some 40,000 books,manuscripts and documents were stolen by Israel from Palestinian libraries,and homes,during the 1948 war.These books are of immense importance to the Palestinian culture,And should be returned to them.
It was only in 2008 when an Israeli PhD student stumbled across documents in the national archive that the full extent of the 'collection' policy was revealed.
Israel marked these books with the initials AP,meaning abandoned property,when in truth they were looted.
"Dramatic new light illuminates the disaster inflicted upon the Palestinian people and their culture in 1948. A particularly chilling document from March 1949 lists tens of Jerusalemites whose libraries were "collected" – it reads like a Who’s Who of the Palestinian cultural elite of the time.
For decades Zionist and Israeli propaganda described the Palestinians as “people without culture.” Thus, the victorious Israeli state took upon itself to civilise the Palestinians who remained within its borders at the end of the 1948 war. They were forbidden to study their own culture or to remember their immediate past; their memory was seen as a dangerous weapon that had to be suppressed and controlled."
Background | The Great Book Robbery