Once upon a Land / אומרים ישנה ארץ

A tour guide
2011 – 2012 // Project manager and visual editor // The Editorial staff / 14 writers, 13 photographers, 3 editors, 2 translators, 1 cartographer, 1 co producer, 1 boss // Published in September 2012 by Zochrot & Pardes

photo / Ryan Rodrick Beiler

“The book’s designer, Aviv Gros-Allon, chose to draw lines similar to those used to mark Israeli hiking trails, so that the book becomes a brilliant decolonizing graphic act. She used forms derived from the Arabic letters spelling the names of the destroyed villages included in the books.” […]
Umar al-Ghubari (Zochrot) words from the event: Introducing the tour guide Once Upon a Land (“Omrim Yeshna Eretz”), Friday, 7.9.2-12, the Arab-Hebrew Theater, Jaffa.

Omrim Yshna Eretz – Once upon a Land – offers 18 tours in Palestinian neighborhoods and villages whose inhabitants were expelled by Israel during the Nakba and largely destroyed. The tours lead the reader to places that used to be, and whose ruins we often encounter, albeit without always knowing their significance. From A-Zib Achziv in the north to Bir Saba’ Beersheba down south, the tours reveal to the reader and traveler a hidden layer in the country’s landscape, breathing new life into those familiar yet often mysterious remains, abandoned houses and crumbling walls.

Omrim Yshna Eretz // Spread

Omrim Yshna Eretz // Typography 1

Omrim Yshna Eretz // Typography 2

Omrim Yshna Eretz // Preview

Omrim Yshna Eretz // Spread with a map

 The tour guide is published by Sedeq: A Journal of the Nakba that is here – collaboration between Zochrot, Pardes Publications and some forty writers and photographers.
To order the book and read more about the book, visit Zochrots’ website
Related articles //

סיבוב בשרידי כפרים ערבים בסביבת פתח תקוה // מיכאל יעקובסון
מתוך הבלוג / חלון אחורי, ארכיטקטורה ואידיאולוגיה בדיסנילנד מקומי

“לפני שבועות ספורים יצא לאור מדריך סיורים ראשון מסוגו בשם “אומרים ישנה ארץ”. הספר מציג 18 סיורים בישראל, במקומות שחלקם מוכרים וחלקם פחות. חוץ מהעובדה ששניים מהסיורים אני כתבתי ושהספר מצטיין בעיצוב מעולה שהופך אותו ליצירת אמנות של ממש, המשותף לכל הסיורים זה שהם חושפים נדבך שבדרך כלל משתדלים להתחמק ממנו: היישובים הערבים שהיו כאן עד 1948.”

Press links //

+972 Magazine // Book review: Touring the Nakba By Danit Shaham – December 2012 (English)

The Hidden Villages By Lilach Weber, The Israeli Communist Party – October 2012 (English)

Article in Yedi’ot Hakibbutz (English) – October 2012

Video item in Israel Social TV (Hebrew)

Article in Haaretz / Gideon Levi (Hebrew)


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