The fall of Haifa: telling autoethnographic stories

Ronit Aaron

in Co-Memory and Melancholia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081705
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702550 | DOI:
The fall of Haifa: telling autoethnographic stories

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This chapter describes the author's responsibility—as the daughter of one of the pre-state Hagana soldiers who conquered Haifa. It discusses Yosef Nachmani, one of the architects of Jewish settler-colonialism in Palestine. The Salzberger family history shows how biographies often tell larger social stories. Benny Morris argues that Nachmani's story reveals Zionism's Janus face. The Palestinian story tells of Haifa gradually developing from a fishing village to a major seaport due to its strategic importance for both the British, who had a mandate to govern Palestine between 1919 and 1948, and the Zionists. The Israeli story narrates Haifa as a model of co-existence. It is believed that it was the legacy of the author's father as a migrant and his assigning the author the role of an oppositionist from a very young age that shaped his lifelong career of political dissent and solidarity with his Palestinian sisters and brothers.

Keywords: Haifa; Yosef Nachmani; Salzberger family; Palestine; Zionists; Jewish settler; colonialism; Zionism

Chapter.  10596 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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