On the margins of Israel’s overall policy in the 1950s and 1960s, designed to destroy the remains of depopulated Palestinian villages and erase all traces of the country’s Palestinian past – artifacts and relics of buildings were looted from the empty villages. In correspondence with Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan, the director of the Antiquities Department asked him to “intervene with his officers to end this practice.”

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Letter from Antiquities Department Director Shmuel Yeivin to Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan,
March 17, 1955

Letter from Moshe Dayan to Antiquities Department Director Shmuel Yeivin,
August 25, 1955