Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm. The filmmaker’s great-grandfather, Joseph (Yosef) Weitz, emigrated to Palestine from Eastern Europe as an 18-year-old laborer in 1908. In the 1930s, he became director of the non-profit Jewish National Fund (JNF), whose international blue box donation campaign raised money to buy Jewish land and, through its forestation program, served as an inspirational Zionist campaign, fulfilling the Biblical promise of trees blooming in the desert.
Michal interviewed members of her extended family about their pride in the man known as “the Father of Israel’s forests,” but when she grew older, she discovered that Grandpa Joseph had another darker nickname: “The Architect of Transfer” or what we would now call ethnic cleansing […]
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