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  • Print publication year: 2010
  • Online publication date: June 2012

5 - Palestinian Dispossession and Exodus


There was a war between the Palestinians, the Jews and the British. The events started in the 1920s, in Jerusalem, in Nabulus and Jaffa. We – the children – stayed in Jerusalem because my father was sentenced to death by the British. First he was imprisoned in Sarafand. He was working with Al Haj Amin Al Husseini and the Arab High Committee. They worked against the Jews and against the establishment of a Jewish State. They were imprisoned, arrested and deported several times [by the British]. Then they were not allowed to stay in Jerusalem or anywhere in Palestine anymore. My father and Al Haj Amin Al Husseini escaped arrest and went to Damascus in 1935. We remained in Jerusalem, my brother, my mother, my sister, my aunt and my grandmother. Then, in 1937, my father made the decision to stay in Damascus. He was in the Resistance. When he sent for us to come to Damascus we were very sad to leave Jerusalem. We packed and got big trucks to move our things to Damascus. My uncle's family was with us. They also packed and moved to Amman. I was 12 years old at the time.

Salma (2005), Damascus