Interview with Maḥmūd ‘Abd al-Hādī مقابلة مع محمود عبدالهادي

American University of Beirut Palestinian Oral History Archives
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00:00:00 - Childhood memories and employment

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Partial Transcript: Landmarks- Public Institutions: Maṭār Sanjīr (Airport).

Significant Figures: Ḥāmid, Asʼad (Teacher).

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Keywords: British Mandate of Palestine, 1922-1948; Building practices; Children's games; Dwellngs; Economic prosperity; Expulsion from Palestine; Fathers; Jewish immigration; Jewish settlers; Police; Prisoners; Public schools; Qurʼānic teaching; Revenge; Siblings; Socio-economic conditions; Women education; World War, 1939-1945; ʻAkkā (Prison: Palestine); ʻAmqā (Palestine); ʻAtlit Prison (Prison: Palestine)

00:19:05 - Social and cultural life

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Partial Transcript: Significant Figures: al-Rīnāwī, Muḥammad (Poet).

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Keywords: Agricultural products; Clothing and dresses; Conspiracy; Economic prosperity; Employment; Grooms; Hospitality; Intervillage relations; Jewish settlements; Kafr Yāsīf (Palestine); Laborers; Land sale; Muslims; Neighboring villages; Officers; Palestinian-Jewish relations; Population; Prisoners; Songs; Sūq; Water wells; Wedding presents; ʻAmqā (Palestine)

00:35:47 - Palestine during the Arab revolt 1936-1939

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Partial Transcript: Significant Figures: al-ʼAwaḍ, Rabāḥ (Revolutionary leader).

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Keywords: Arrest; British colonialism; Brothers; Brutal treatment; Death; Jewish settlements; Marital law; Political prisoners; Prisoners' treatment; Shootings; Strikes; Umm al-Faraj (Prison: Palestine); Village siege; Weapons; al-Qassām, ʻIzz al-Dīn, 1882-1935; al-Rāmīyah (Prison: Palestine); ʻAkkā (Prison: Palestine); ʻAmqā (Palestine)

00:43:16 - Employment in the British police

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Partial Transcript: Landmarks- Monuments: Qal‘at Jiddīn (Fortress).

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Keywords: Airports; Arab tribes; Armed resistance; Boats; Damaged weapons; Death; Escape; Explosions; Haifa (Palestine); Identity cards; Jewish immigration; Kafr Yāsīf (Palestine); Military officials; Palestinian-Jewish relations; Political prisoners; Prisoners' treatment; Radio stations; Scout; Shootings; Socio-economic conditions; Stern; Weapon acquisition; Weapon smuggling; Zionist occupation; ʻAmqā (Palestine); ʻAtlit Prison (Prison: Palestine)

00:59:30 - Palestine during 1947-1948 war

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Partial Transcript: Significant Figures: al-ʻAbdullāh, Ibrāhīm (Resistance leader).

Landmarks- Private Institutions: Taxi 2525 (Company).

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Keywords: Arab Salvation Army; Armed resistance; Brothers; Histadrut; Iraqi Army; Jews; Kuwaykāt (Palestine); Meir, Golda, 1898-1978; Military strategy; Prisoners' treatment; Zionist Invasion of Palestine, 1948; al-Qāwūqjī, Fawzī, 1890-1977; ʻAmqā Battle, 1948

01:12:26 - Expulsion from Palestine

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Partial Transcript: Significant Figures: al-ʻAkkī, Aḥmad (Landowner); al-Dīb, Rāghib (Landowner); al-Majdhūb, Nāyif (Landowner).

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Keywords: Arab countries; British Mandate of Palestine, 1922-1948; British policy; Dayr al-Qāsī (Palestine); Deception; Economic hardship; Family relations; Fathers; Helpfulness; Kawkab Abū al-Hayjāʼ (Palestine); Land sale; Leaving; Olive trees; Palestinian diaspora; Reunions; Routes; Shootings; Sisters; Surrender; Zionist occupation; ʻAmqā (Palestine)

01:35:52 - Final reflections on refugee experience

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Keywords: Brothers; Displacement; Kawkab Abū al-Hayjāʼ (Palestine); Laborers; Majd al-Kurūm (Palestine); Medical doctors; Return; Routes; Socio-economic conditions; Village siege; Zionist occupation; al-Ṭīrah, Rāmallah (Palestine); Ṣabrā and Shātīlā Massacre, 1982