Unearthing the Palestinian Neighborhood Buried Beneath a Tel Aviv Park

Before building Charles Clore Park on its ruins, landscape architect Hillel Omer filmed a neighborhood on the cusp of destruction. Some 50 years on, his grandchild, Mai Omer, revisits Manshiya for a new exhibition

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destruction in the captured Manshiah quarter in Jaffa, Palestine, May 8, 1948. The sector was taken from the Arabs by Irgun Jewish forces after fierce fighting
Destruction in the captured Manshiyah quarter in Jaffa in May 1948.Credit: AP Photo/Malmed
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Looking inland from Charles Clore Park, south Tel Aviv.Credit: Chen Kaduri
A still from the footage shot by landscape architect Hillel Omer in the old Arab neighborhood of Manshiya, between Jaffa and Tel Aviv. Credit: Mai Omer
Children playing in the streets of Tel Aviv's Manshiya neighborhood in the early 1960s. Credit: Mai Omer
Charles Clore Park beach, Tel Aviv.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Houses on the coast of Tel Aviv's Manshiya neighborhood in the 1960s.Credit: Mai Omer
Fisherman angling at Charles Clore Park, with Tel Aviv in the distance. Credit: Yaakov Saar / GPO
Children in Tel Aviv's Manshiya neighborhood in the early 1960s. Credit: Mai Omer
A sign in Tel Aviv's Manshiya neighborhood in the early 1960s, pointing the way to galleries and other attractions. Credit: Mai Omer
A view looking south from the Manshiya neighborhood, toward the clock tower at Jaffa.Credit: Mai Omer

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