Palaces made of sandstone with high curved ceilings, narrow cool alleys showing the blue sea and white sails, amidst old churches and flowering gardens, colorful stained glass windows and magnificent woodwork…The neighborhood, established during the time of Ibrahim Pasha in the early 19thcentury, was inhabited by Egyptian peasants from the Delta of the Nile and by wealthy Maronite from Lebanon. During the years, the neighborhood went through much turmoil, most dramatic of which was the 1948 war. During the 50’s, Tel Aviv’s municipal council began demolishing the neighborhood and it started to decline, as seen in the Oscar nominated movie “Ajami”. Who are the Maronites? Where stands the British war wagon? What was Muhammad Ali looking for in Jaffa? And what is the best way to catch a dragon?

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