Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Palestinian activists sue Israel for the return of 6,000 books.

Anahid Melikian, left, and her niece Anahid Melikian Helewa have tried to find out about their family's books from the Israeli Embassy in Ottawa. Marianne Helm for The National
In December 1948, eight months after the start of the war that created Israel, Khalil Beidas locked the door to his Jerusalem home's library, a three-metre-high, floor-to-ceiling collection of more than 6,000 books that had been his most prized asset.
The 75-year-old prominent Palestinian intellectual then escaped to Lebanon, where he died less than a year later - partly, his grandson says, because of the emotional pain from the loss of his library.

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