Maalul village catastrophe

By EA Dave.

Sister Maria Esther. Photo Credit: EAPPI / EA Dave

Sister Maria Esther welcomed us to the Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) hotel run by the Carmel Monastery and built over Elija’s cave high above Haifa. Haifa has a strong Christian community and Sister Maria Esther was keen to take us to the village of her father’s family, who were forced to abandon it when Israel was founded in 1948. The village is called Maalul and her father was just four years old at the time, but all the original families still feel their roots are in Maalul.

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