In a courtroom at al-Maskobiyeh prison, two dark men sit on a wooden bench. They await their sentencing as their facial expressions move between boredom and mockery. The judge declares the decision to execute them, and as they are led to the gallows they sneer “hip hip, hooray.”
In 1934, the unpredictable tactics of Palestinian fighters Abu Jilda and al-’Armeet alarmed the English and the Zionists. It was for their attacks from the mountains that they were celebrated and eternalized in popular songs and tales.
Palestinian popular literature has always been full of tales. Some are laden with superstitions, while others are full of humor and tenderness, but all of them influenced Palestinian folklore. This unique outcome was born of exceptional circumstances, as it strengthened the people’s need to identify with a specific history. As a result, folklore became a spontaneous expression of collective consciousness and personality.1
- 1. Kanaana, Sharif. Al-Dar Dar Aboona: Dirasat fi Alturath Alsha’bi al-Filisteeni [T’is Our Father’s House: Studies in Palestinian Popular Folklore]. Ramallah: Shuruq Publishing House, 2013, p. 24
Palestine Today - Military Activity (1939)
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