PRICELESS: ‘Palestinian’ history museum opens without any exhibits…makes perfect sense for a made up group of people
After spending $28 million, the Palestinian Authority opens a new museum detailing Palestinian history, but a dispute over creative differences left it empty.
The Palestinian Authority opened a dazzling new museum Wednesday aimed at telling the tale of their history and culture, but the building is devoid of exhibits.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inaugurated the museum, the biggest project the Palestinians have undertaken in terms of scale, space and budget.
“This museum will tell the world, the whole world, that we have been here, and we are staying here, and we will stay here to establish our independent state,” Abbas said at the ceremony.
The glass and stone building, nestled on a grassy hill adjacent to Birzeit University, is an important Palestinian symbol of nationalism.
But the museum’s halls are empty as organizers decided to celebrate the building completion before they could arrange any exhibits. In addition, a dispute over different creative visions for the museum’s opening led to the resignation of the previous director only six months ago.
The Palestinian Museum’s Chairman, Omar Al-Qattan, concedes that the first collection won’t be on display until the end of this year; nevertheless he says that it was important to go ahead with the inauguration.
“We had the option of opening to either celebrate the building and then starting the program’s development and opening the first exhibition later or doing everything at the same time, which would have meant probably six or eight months of delays. We thought ‘Let’s celebrate the building’ because in the current circumstances which are so challenging here in Palestine … it would be wonderful to have an affirmative, celebratory building to say that we’re here, that we want to celebrate our cultural history,” Al-Qattan said.
The museum’s opening has been timed to coincide with the Palestinians’ recent commemorations of “Nakba day.” The term, meaning “the catastrophe” in
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