Is it OK to say “Arabs”? A question heard on the streets of a vanishing Palestinian village in Tel Aviv

The Palestinian village of Summayl (Sumail) in the heart of Tel Aviv

The Palestinian village of Summayl (also spelled Sumail) is now a Jewish neighborhood in the heart of Tel Aviv. In fact, the mulberry trees on the corner of Arlozorov and Ibn Gavirol 9north Tel Aviv) were planted by the Palestinian villagers of Summayl.

The last houses of Summayl are about to be destroyed completely soon to make way for for a new Jewish building project. When this project began, De-Colonizer, an Israeli research / art laboratory for social change, took direct action by producing a video (in May 2017) showing Tel-Aviv Jews walking around the Palestinian village of Summayl and recording their responses to whether they knew what it was and what they would like to say to the Palestinians who once lived here.

On June 14, 2017, Michael Jacobson wrote:


Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.

Palestinian and righteously angry