This book is both a factual documentation of and an emotional response to my research of digital archives and blogs; specifically photographs in which the effects of genocide and erasure on my family are particularly evident. You Sat at the Fountain While You Stole the House on the Hill blurs the line between objective information and human subjectivity; ultimately exposing the falsehoods embedded within the Zionist narrative about the creation of Israel with the stories told to me by my grandmother and through photographic evidence.
My artist’s book includes pictures of my mother’s side of the family standing in front of or interacting inside of their family home. The family photographs came from my personal collection as well as from digital archives which feature my relatives living in pre-1948 Palestine. The other images featured in the book are photographs of one of the same family home being stolen by 52nd Battalion of the Haganah Zionist militia I found on various Israeli military memorabilia websites and archives and Israeli military appreciation blogs. In the photographs I included in the book, soldiers from the Givati Brigade (another name for the 52nd Battalion) sit triumphantly in a jeep or on the fountain in front of the house, which is easily recognizable from the white arches on the exterior of the house and the cedar trees flanking the entrances to the house. Further archival research led me to identify the types of guns, jeeps, uniforms, and military tactics carried out by this militia. Using hand drawn diagrams, family photographs, and other archival material, the book explains the theft of my family’s house.