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Seeing the Ruin of Gaza from the Ruins of Umm el-Jimal

On January 15 my wife and I sat in the guest room sipping tea with Abdullah Serour, the current sheikh of the Umm el-Jimal village in northeastern Jordan. I have been working in the area for over thirty years, among other things documenting how archaeological materials have been reused over time. As Abdullah described how he used to go to school in a refurbished Byzantine house surrounded by ruins, the television on the wall displayed live coverage of the bombing…
Bert de Vries
February 1, 2009