Matilda Albuhaire at Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem

Matilda Albuhaire at Rachel's tomb in Bethlehem

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When I visited Israel, my cousins Alber Behar and his wife Betti took me to Bethlehem and on the way there we made a detour to see Rachel's tomb. It was very modest inside. Just a cloth covered the coffin, nothing else. I maintained contact with my relatives in Israel. All my uncles, my mother's sister and four brothers went to Israel with their families. We maintained contact with them. Although after the war we could not write to each other but only get news from others. I went to Israel in 1973. The wars there had an impact on us, of course. At that time we thought that the Arabs were right, meaning that the information which we used to get meant that they were the martyrs - and it is only now that it's becoming clear what really happened.
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Matilda Albuhaire