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Critics have been joined by Shmuel Groag, one of the project's original architects, who has accused the developers of failing to respect the basic rules of conservation in their treatment of Lifta.
Abunimah then recounts the 1948-9 Nakba, when around 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes by Zionist militias, thus ending idyllic coexistence in places like Lifta.
Jerusalem/Misa abu Ghazala/ PNN-Exclusive -- From the mountains northwest of Jerusalem, the village of Lifta overlooked the holy city with its mosque, school and houses all built in an artistic architectural style.
Anti-personnel and anti-armor landmines left since the time of the Iraqi-Iranian war in the 1980s were removed in the area of Abu Gharb, (75 km) east of al-Amara," Maytham Lifta told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
At Erlanger's invitation, Karmi visited, but did not find the elegant one-story stone house her family had moved into in 1938, that was typical of the homes middle- and upper-class Arabs began to build in Jerusalem suburbs like Qatamon, Talbiya, Baqa, Romema or Lifta toward the end of the 19th century.