ألا يغادر فلسطين

The other day while I was going through some family documents looking for a copy of the family booklet for a reason completely irrelevant to this post I stumbled upon a hidden treasure, at least for me. It was the marriage contract of my late grandparents, and it dated back to January 1943, and the marriage took place in Silwan, Palestine.

The most interesting part about it is perhaps the marriage stipulation. My grandmother stipulated that if her husband-to-be left Palestine for a year or more she would be free to divorce herself from him. Little did she know that in a few years her husband would die, and a few years down the road she would be forced to leave Palestine with her 4 children, and she would never come back.

Perhaps what I found most moving about this is how the contracts states that the marriage took place in Silwan and it mentions  Palestine so loud and clear, as a matter-of-fact. Now after almost 70 years I read that as: Palestine was there, it has always been there. As opposed to the Zionist claim that Palestine as a country never existed and that they were just some primitive clans living on a land that they didn’t deserve. From which comes the infamous slogan “A land with no people for a people with no land”.

This is not just a marriage contract, it’s a historic proof to the existence of Palestine long before the so-called Zionist state of Israel came into existence.

Don’t you love it when you can actually touch history?

6 responses

  1. Hi Ola.
    That is an interesting piece of history and one which important to hold onto. While I am a Christian, not all Christians in the west think that establishing Israel was a good idea. Too many people groups who had a historical / generational tie to Palestine were uprooted with much damage done; both Muslim and Christian Palestinians and is still continuing today.

  2. This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your find with us.

    You should also share it with Palestine Remembered, imho. They collect this type of evidence of the existence of Palestine, its people, and places, in pictures, and narratives.

    It is an excellent site, that is well documented from credible sources including history, maps, and statistics about population (devastatingly reliable British census reports of how many Palestinians were there and owned land compared to how many Jews).

  3. Thanks everyone for your comments

    Craig: I highly value and appreciate the sentiment🙂

    Chiara: Thanks for the suggestion! I contacted them and they posted a link to the post on their website

  4. You are welcome.

    BTW as documents from the founding of Israel are released to historians and the public, there is abundant evidence of the propaganda strategies, like “A land with no people for a people with no land”; scaring people into fleeing; disinformation that there were official Arab calls to flee etc.

    Younger Israeli historians are writing about it; and, their studies are reported in Haaretz.

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