Dear Uri, If you wish to pursue the matter with Benni Motilov you could ask him to return some of the items stolen from my father's house, namely his sword (ancient and valuable), his WWI medal, my brother's law degree, my brothers' Matriculation Certificates, correspondence with Arab leaders in Trans-Jordan and Egypt, family photographs, Arabic books, English books including Shakespeare's Othello and Hamlet. The PALMACH officer who was with him was Aryeh Aharoni. He can be contacted at his office which is in Sifriat Poalim. The telephone number is 03-6163829. He wrote a book A Candidate for Treason, Sifriat Poalim Publishing House, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2000 (Hebrew). He admits taking our property, pp. 103-104 and poisoning Gaza wells, pp. 109-110. Best regards, Salman
Dear Uri, I sent the photos to my brothers. They were thrilled. The photos were taken in the early forties either in Jerusalem (likely) or Cairo. The first is my father with his eldest son who was studying law. The second is of my step-brother and cousin who was brought up by my father as his son. He was a leader in the Palestinian National Movement since the Great Revolt of 1936-1939. This is what Aharoni said of the attack on our Ma'in Abu Sitta: "Khirbeit Main"- There was no one in the battalion who did not utter this name. This was the place in which Abdallah Abu Sitta, the organizer and commander of the gangs (sic) in the Negev resided; the man whose forceful name has spread fear all around; the name that every Bedouin had uttered in awe and reverence; the notable family who ruled the entire Negev, that had contact relations with the neighbouring countries. To conquer the home of Abu Sitta was indeed a temptation. We went to the Abu Sitta home and were stunned: In the middle of the desert – unbelievable richness: luxurious furniture, many Oriental and European clothes, a radio, a truck, a beautiful Bedouin sword made of silver, a large important archive of photos and documents, letters from the Emir Abdalla [of Trans-Jordan] and Hassan Banna, the leader of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt; A lawyer’s certificate belonging to a member of the family, Shakespeare's "Othello" in English, by the side of a Kor'an. Our happiness reached its climax when we found the weapon store although there was not much there – a number of ammunition boxes, a few guns and two boxes full of Italian explosive material. We were so happy [..] History has a long memory. It has a way of coming back. Thanks again. Waiting for more. Warmest, Salman P.S. What does it say in Hebrew at the bottom?