The article had previously stated that Khatib was 6 years old, when he is in fact 6 months old. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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Tucked away from the noise of street vendors and motorbikes exists a tiny museum within the dark and narrow labyrinth of Shatila refugee camp.Khatib was uprooted from his village in Palestine when he was just 6 months old. He began by traversing through all the Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Syria to collect precious artifacts that people were willing to donate.The museum now serves as a curator for their memories, a task that has become increasingly significant as many see Palestinian culture as being appropriated by Israel. Khatib noted that the very concept of the diwan has been appropriated by Israel whose people have for years declared the tradition as their own.While such debates may appear trivial to those disconnected from the region, Khatib fears that cultural appropriation risks removing any trace of Palestinian heritage.While that might be the case, the camp is also much more than an urban slum.
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