Sultana Abd Rabo, aged 104 from Bethlehem; Nakhleh Matar, aged 85 from Beit Jala discussing the Ottoman Period and World War I

Sultana Abd Rabo (104 years old, born 1901, from Bethlehem) and Nakhleh Matar (85 years old from Beit Jala) interviewed by Abeer Abu Jaber on 27 June 2005.

Sultana Abd Rabo discusses the following: locusts came from the east and first went to Silwan in Jerusalem, then to Jerusalem itself and then to the whole country; starvation caused by the locusts; Arab men in the army working doing heavy lifting and manual labour; Britain repaired the roads, opened schools, taught people sports and sent gifted students abroad; later Britain gave up on the Arab population in favour of the Jews.

Nakhla Matar discusses the following: Sherif Hussein’s deal with Britain; locusts ate everything; people emigrated to Jordan; some wealthy people went to Jordan to buy food to sell on the black market.

Original audio recording: cassette tape.
Transcript: summary.
In the original collection at Bethlehem University this cassette tape was categorised as File 5 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.