Eleonore Merza at the school in Mansoura. Gil Eliahu

A Woman Digs for Her Circassian Family's Roots - and Plants Her Own - in the Golan

Eleonore Merza was born to a Jewish mother and Muslim father who was expelled from Kuneitra to Syria in 1967. Her doctoral work on two Circassian villages in Israel led to a historical, and emotional, journey.

Extending a welcoming hand in a warm, inviting gesture, Eleonore Merza says: Please, come in. In another minute she might have asked: Who wants coffee and who wants tea? It was a moment that fused a reenacted...

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