Sunday, July 23, 2006  

request for help to save important history

This was sent to me and now I am passing it on. If you can help out, it would be greatly appreciated.

Dear friends...

If you know anyone (preferrably British) who is in Beirut, and who is about to be evacuated, would you please see if they are willing to help save a very valuable archive of Palestinian oral history?


Diana Allan, an anthropologist at Harvard, has worked with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, particularly Shatila, and collected precious oral testimonies of 1948 survivors. She has hundreds of hours of testimonies, comprising of 750 DVD's. Needless to say, this is a major treasure for our community and, as far as we know, nobody has done this work as extensively and thoroughly as Diana has.


We need to salvage this valuable archive by getting it out of Beirut asap, preferrably with foreigners being evacuated. The evacuees are only allowed a small bag, but the British embassy has agreed to let this be carried and not count as part of someone's baggage allowance, but conditional on having someone to carry it and take responsibility for it. It is 15 kg. So... if you know anyone (preferrably British, otherwise they would need to be willing to carry it at the expense of their personal belongings) who is trustworthy and willing to take this... please let us know right away!!


Please contact Diana at I'm reluctant to include her phone number on an e-mail which will hopefully get some circulation, so just call me (Haithem) and I will either coordinate or connect. 972 522 312 817 (Ramallah, GMT + 2)

Needless to say, this needs to get taken care of asap. Please help!!

Haithem El-Zabri

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