Litfa“Beneath the legal arguments, the fate of Lifta brings up some of the most contentious points in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the right of return and the struggle to control the historical narrative.”
Litfa is an Palestinian village abandoned in 1948 on the western edge of Jerusalem, hungrily eyed by developers. Everyone who comes to Jerusalem on the highway from the airport passes it, but most people are unaware of what it represents, other than apparent ruins. It is still alive in the memories of many Palestinians who lay claim to it.
Joharah Baker who lives in Jerusalem has recently written about its importance to Jerusalem Palestinians, and there is an active campaign to preserve it as a Palestinian village.
It, like Sheikh Jarrah, could become the focus of major protests in the future.