A Situation: A Tree in Palestine

When Liat Berdugo was six years old, she planted an Aleppo pine tree in the hills outside Jerusalem, as part of Israeli afforestation campaigns. Years later, she came to understand that those campaigns were systematically planned to cover over Palestinian villages that were razed in the 1948 war. This is her story about reckoning with a public secret that doesn’t want to be kept anymore.

A story about reckoning with a public secret that doesn’t want to be kept anymore.

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David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is a professor of anthropology at The New School in New York City.

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