Stealing History

by Mark Chmiel

When the Israeli Army invaded West Beirut in September 1982
Israeli troops entered the Palestine Research Center
Defaced its interior
Carried away its entire library
Consisting of 25,000 Hebrew, Arabic and English works
On the history of the Palestinian Arabs and Palestine
It was one of the biggest archives in the world on Palestinian history

Adapted from the New York Times, 6 February 1983

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