The museum of the seam is famous not only for its very interesting exhibitions, which often deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but also for the tragic history of the lovely house in which it is located.
The house was designed and built by Palestinian Christian architect Andoni Baramki. In 1948 he and his family were forced to flee in search of temporary safety during fierce fighting. The house stood on the seam line between Israeli and Arab forces for some time; this is why its facade bears the pockmarked scars of bullets, and how the museum got its name.
In 1967, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the Baramki family who had sought refuge there came back and tried to move back in their home, however they were prevented from doing so by Israeli authorities. Everyone in Jerusalem has heard the story of Andoni Baramki, who would stand in front of his house for hours every day, as he was forbidden to set foot inside. After his death, his son did the same and was featured in an Israeli documentary about Palestinian houses in Jerusalem.
Despite its tragic history, the place is well worth visiting both for the very interesting exhibitions featured and of course, for the house itself.
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