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How a new museum tells Palestine’s story

The museum is located in the occupied West Bank. 100 years after the Balfour Declaration, its central task is to examine the meaning of nationhood

By Daniella Peled   November 2017

The Palestinian Museum’s angled exterior. ALAA BADARNEH/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

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When the Palestinian Museum opened its doors in Birzeit in May 2016, it was entirely empty. The £17m building, its angular limestone-clad shape alluding to the terraced landscape of its West Bank surroundings, had exhibition and education spaces, cafés and an open-air amphitheatre. What it didn’t have, due to a last-minute disagreement between the board and its former director Jack Persekian, was a collection to exhibit.

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