Unfortunately, this is just the latest of the national parks that Israel has established at the expense of prior residents. Canada Park, a centerpiece of the national park system, was established at the expense of three Palestinian villages.
Although Wikipedia says that the park is “mostly in the West Bank,” it does not mention that before Israel captured that land during the 1967 war, the land was the site of the Palestinian villages of Imwas, Yalu, and Beit Nuba. The people who lived on this land for generations are now refugees.According to Eitan Bronstein, director of Zochrot (Remembering), 86 Palestinian villages lie buried under Jewish National Fund parks. A further 400 destroyed villages had their lands passed on to exclusively Jewish communities. Zochrot is trying to educate people to the hidden history behind the establishment of the national parks in Israel. http://electronicintifada.net/content/canada-park-and-israeli-memoricide/8126
This video shows rare footage of the villages and interviews several people with first-hand knowledge of the destruction of the villages.