FROM THE FILM …
Our tribe has thirty-two families, loyal subjects of the Ottoman Empire. This tribe, from the time of our forefathers, does not know any other land. We make our living from it, and do not have any other home.
We understood that once we paid for the land and received title deeds, we became the sole owners. We planted vineyards, and feared their herds would destroy them. We asked them to leave our land, but they claimed they had rented it.
Abu – Hataba (Arabic):
They chased us away from our home. The more concessions we made, the more they resisted us. Our farm was taken by force. The foreigners refused to treat us according to the customs of the local farmers. They showed us no compassion and took our land!
“Conflicting Accounts of Early Zionist Settlement: A Note on the Encounter between the Colony of Reḥovot and the Bedouins of Khirbat Duran” Dr. Yuval Ben-Bassat, Department of Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Spring 2013