On Wednesday CNN placed the Palestinian museum that’s set to open on “Nakba Day”, on its list of ‘best 9’ alongside Shanghai Disneyland & the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
CNN on Wednesday listed the Palestinian Museum, set to open in the West Bank in May, as one its “9 best attractions opening in 2016.”
The Palestinian museum is included on CNN’s list alongside Shanghai Disneyland, a film-themed park in Dubai, the new FIFA soccer museum in Zurich, San Francisco’s new Museum of Mod’ern Art, a Noah’s Ark-inspired theme park in Kentucky, a mega-mall in Qatar, the refurbished Darling Harbour in Sydney and the UAE’s version of Paris’ most famous art museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The museum is touted as a harbinger of humanitarian projects and as a vehicle for, “the empowerment of the Palestinian people,” according to the museum’s site.
The original idea came from the 50th anniversary of what Palestinians call “Nakba” — the Disaster — the phrase that refers to the birth of the modern state of Israel in 1948, and the displacement of some 700,000 Palestinians.
The museum’s creators hope the institution will also be a way of teaching young Palestinians about their heritage. Some of the Palestinians living in the diaspora are third-generation and many have little connection to “Palestine” — a fact the museum hopes to change.
Diana Atallah contributed to this article.
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