1948 veteran Amnon Noiman speaks at a Zochrot Testimony Evening in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2010, as part of Lia Tarachansky's upcoming documentary, Seven Deadly Myths.
Amnon Noiman was born in Mandate Palestine. He's a veteran of the 1948 war. He served in the PALMACH, in the seventh and ninth brigade. He was responsible for the expulsion of Palestinians from the Negev desert, where he fought against the Egyptian army. He delivered the above testimony at the request of Ameer Hallel and Zochrot to a Tel Aviv audience on July 19th, 2010. He later gave me another interview in his home in Haifa.
SEVEN DEADLY MYTHS, (Israel/Palestine, 2013, 55 min)
Three years after the holocaust the Middle East was changed forever when Israel fought and won its independence. In that war, two-thirds of the Palestinians became refugees. In the years following, their properties and history were confiscated and destroyed, while to this day they remain in camps all over the Arab world. They never stopped fighting for their right to return to their homes, many of which were demolished.
But it was not the houses; it was the very memory of this national trauma that was itself erased. In a new documentary, Seven Deadly Myths(working title), former Israeli settler and journalist Lia Tarachansky sheds light on the collective amnesia of Israelis when it comes to the fateful events of those years. She follows the transformation of four 1948 veterans as they uncover and challenge decades of denied memories. She then returns to her own settlement, in the heart of the occupied West Bank, to uncover a landscape of denial and a history of erasure.
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