Najib Sara, aged 90 from Bethlehem discussing the Ottoman period and World War I
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POOR AUDIO QUALITY. Najib Sara (90 years old from Bethlehem) interviewed by Abeer Sabat on 1 April 1994.
He discusses the following: during World War I the Ottoman army treated both Christians and Muslims very badly but especially Christians who were forced to convert to Islam and were raped if they refused; Christians weren’t allowed to wear crosses; relations between local Christians and Muslims were good, for example the Fawaghreh (Muslim clan) in Bethlehem; Christians and Muslims used to pray together in the Milk Grotto chapel in Bethlehem; discusses military conscription; the situation worsened with the locust plague and drought; Ottoman army took olive wood for train fuel; when the British arrived they provided people with food.
Original audio recording: cassette tape.
In the original collection at Bethlehem University this cassette tape was categorised as File 11 of Box 12.
This fileset exists as part of the Ottoman Empire and World War I collection within the Bethlehem University Oral History project of the Planet Bethlehem Archive.