Heritage interpretation and politics in Kfar Etzion, Israel

John Lehr, Yossi Katz

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Kfar Etzion is a Kibbutz first established in Palestine in the 1930s. At the end of the British Mandate, in 1948, it became a de facto Israeli military outpost that controlled access to Jerusalem from the south. Kfar Etzion fell to Arab forces in 1948 and the area became Jordanian territory until 1967 when Israeli forces occupied the West Bank. Kfar Etzion was re-established in the same year. Kfar Etzion now interprets its history through a sophisticated multilingual audio-visual presentation offered in a museum built over a former bunker where Jewish defenders were killed. This presentation is analysed to illustrate the ways in which an historical narrative is constructed for interpretive purposes and to show that Bloc and Israeli perspectives are conflated for political purposes. The battle for the Bloc continues through the interpretation of heritage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-228
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Dissonance
  • Heritage Interpretation
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • West Bank


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