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1948: LAW, HISTORY, MEMORY

1948: LAW, HISTORY, MEMORY Samera Esmeir The Libel Case Theodore Katz, an Israeli Jewish graduate student in history at Haifa University, wrote a master’s thesis in March 1998 about the exodus of Arabs from five Palestinian villages in 1948.1 The thesis received an exceptionally high grade. It was a product of microhistorical research on five Palestinian villages located on the Mediterranean coast between Haifa and Hedera, with a special focus on two villages: Umm al-Zeinat and Tantoura. For the chapter on Tantoura, Katz wove the stories of the Tantoura Social Text 75, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 2003. Copyright © 2003 by Duke University Press. refugees with those of the veterans of the Alexandaroni Brigade, the unit of the Israeli army that captured the village, and the official records he located in various Israeli archives. The testimonies included reports concerning the killing, or massacring, of the village’s inhabitants by Alexandaroni fighters on the night of 22 May 1948, after the inhabitants had surrendered. Amir Gilat, a journalist, read the thesis and published an article outlining the conclusions of the chapter on Tantoura in the widely read Hebrew newspaper Ma’ariv.2 Gilat interviewed some of Katz’s witnesses, both Tantoura refugees and Alexandaroni veterans. The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Text Duke University Press

1948: LAW, HISTORY, MEMORY

Social Text , Volume 21 (2 75) – Jun 1, 2003

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Samera Esmeir The Libel Case Theodore Katz, an Israeli Jewish graduate student in history at Haifa University, wrote a master’s thesis in March 1998 about the exodus of Arabs from five Palestinian villages in 1948.1 The thesis received an exceptionally high grade. It was a product of microhistorical research on five Palestinian villages located on the Mediterranean coast between Haifa and Hedera, with a special focus on two villages: Umm al-Zeinat and Tantoura. For the chapter on Tantoura, Katz wove the stories of the Tantoura Social Text 75, Vol. 21, No. 2, Summer 2003. Copyright © 2003 by Duke University Press. refugees with those of the veterans of the Alexandaroni Brigade, the unit of the Israeli army that captured the village, and the official records he located in various Israeli archives. The testimonies included reports concerning the killing, or massacring, of the village’s inhabitants by Alexandaroni fighters on the night of 22 May 1948, after the inhabitants had surrendered. Amir Gilat, a journalist, read the thesis and published an article outlining the conclusions of the chapter on Tantoura in the widely read Hebrew newspaper Ma’ariv.2 Gilat interviewed some of Katz’s witnesses, both Tantoura refugees and Alexandaroni veterans. The

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