Cultural Landscapes – The Heritage of Lifta: Conference Schedule

Thursday and Friday, March 30-31, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 15:00-18:00

Guided Tours of Lifta:

Maya Ovadia, Israel Antquities Authority – Secrets in the Village Core

Yonatan Tzahor, Israel Antquities Authority - the Village as a Museum: the Development of Cultural Landscape

Gadi Earon, Architects Association - Lifta as a "World Heritage Site"

Yacoub Odeh, Lifta refugee - Lifta Memories from Before 1948 (English)

Yoni Yochanan, Lifta resident - On the Historic Agreement and Imminent Eviction: Observation and Conversation


Participation in the tours is free, but requires prior registration.

Information and registration 

Friday, March 31 2017, 9:00-14:00

Hansen House, 14 Gdalyahu Alon St., Jerusalem


9:00-9:15 Arrival and Greetings

Adi Stern, President of Bezalel Academy

Els Verbakel, Head of the Urban Design Program, Bezalel

Irit Amit Cohen, Chairman of ICOMOS Israel




9:15 - 11:30 Session I – The Past and Present in Lifta’s Heritage

Chair: Daphna Golan, the Hebrew University

Avi Mashiah, Israel Antiquities Authority - Secrets and Order in the Cluttered Village: Findings from the Lifta Village Survey

Amir Balaban, Society for the Protection of Nature - Nature as a Key Component in the Conservation of the Built Environment

Sami Ershied - Legal Aspects of the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel: Lifta as a Case Study

Open Debate


11:30-12:00 Break and refreshments

12:00-13:00 Session II: Keynote Address (English)

Chair: Anat Berlovitch, ICOMOS Israel

Mónica Luengo Añón, Honorary President of the Scientific Committee for Cultural Landscapes ICOMOS International, and consultant for World Cultural Heritage:

In Search of Valuable Cultural Landscapes: Nature, Ruins and Memory


13:00-14:00 Session III - The Future of Lifta: expert panel and public debate

Chair: Irit Cohen Amit, ICOMOS Israel

Participants: Mike Turner and Samuel Groag, Bezalel

Yoni Yochanan, Resident Committee of Lifta

Giora Solar and Tzipi Ron, ICOMOS Israel


Participation is free, public is invited.


On Friday at Hansen House there will be simultaneous translation into Hebrew, English and Arabic, and Hebrew captions for the hearing impaired.

Volunteers are needed for assistance in various tasks before, during and after the conferences. Please contact Ilan Steir,