By Yosi Elman and Oren Ziv ActiveTimes – 1 year ago The Israeli government will be celebrating the International Day of Solarium on Sunday, marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s first solarium plant in the desert of Tulkarem, Israel.
On December 14, 1939, a group of Jewish settlers led by a Jewish settler named Uri Ariel and his friend, the Palestinian leader, Sheikh Jaber al-Ameri, established a solarium factory in Tulkaresm, located in the northern part of the Negev Desert, a mountainous region that stretches for nearly two-thirds of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The factory had no electricity, no running water and had to be closed for maintenance.
But on the night of January 17, 1940, Ariel, Abu Ali and other Jewish settlers broke into the factory and seized it, confiscating the equipment and the machinery.
They left the factory, but Ariel, who was captured and imprisoned in prison for five years, was eventually released in 1947, and Abu Ali was released from prison in 1946.
But that was not the end of the story.
On June 17, 1947, Ariel and Abu Hassan al-Abbas, another member of the group, went to the village of Nablus in the West Bank and shot and killed a Palestinian man, Muhammad al-Fayyadh.
This was the first recorded killing by settlers in the Occupied Territories.
Abu Hassan al, who had been living in the same village as Muhammad al, was shot by Abu Ali on the same night.
The next day, Abu Hassan, who later testified before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General on behalf of the settlers.
He wrote:I know you are waiting for me here, in Nabluz, because I was a prisoner of war there for seven years.
I have seen the massacre of Palestinian prisoners, the massacre at the hands of the army and the killing of my people.
I see the massacre, I am an eyewitness to it, I can testify to it.
I know that the blood of my brothers, my sisters and my father is shed in the name of our land, of our freedom, and of our homeland.
He added:The settlers did not spare Abu Hassan.
Abu Hassan told his parents that the two men had killed a “kidnapper” and that he was about to go to the police to report the crime.
The massacre came as a shock to the villagers, who considered themselves Arab and felt that Arabs were not welcome in their community.
When Abu Hassan’s parents heard about the massacre in their village, they immediately went to him and demanded that he come home.
On December 17, the villagers marched to Abu Hassans home and demanded he return.
When he refused, the two young men set fire to the house, killing Abu Hassan and Abu Hanna al-Ghanimi, the father of Abu Hanna.
Abdullah al-Ali, the youngest of the four children, later told Human Rights Watch that the massacre left him traumatized.
“I was very traumatized, my eyes were swollen from crying,” he said.
Abi Ali and Abdullah al-Ghazi, the eldest, were also traumatized and told Human Right Watch that they felt “disappointed and angry” after witnessing Abu Hassan killed by settlers.
“We didn’t understand why the settlers did what they did.
Why they attacked us,” Ali said.
“Why they came to us and attacked us?
They were not doing anything illegal, we were just ordinary people.”
Abu Hanna al was killed by Abu Hanna and Abdullah, while the rest of the family members escaped to the town of Nabi Saleh in the Galilee.
“My father died in Nabi Saleh, not here, and my brothers were killed by the settlers, by Abu Hassan,” Abdullah al Ali said, referring to the settlers’ alleged attack on Abu Hanna, who is believed to have been killed on the morning of January 19, 1945, during a raid by the IDF on the village.
Abdallah al-Shawra, who served as a deputy to the governor of Nabiyyeh and as an adviser to the Israeli army, also described Abu Hassan as a “very hard worker,” adding that Abu Hassan had been working in the solarium business for five months, and was considered to be an excellent employee.
“We were all shocked by what happened.
I thought it was an act of terrorism.
We were shocked to hear that these settlers killed him,” Shawra said.”
It was like we were being shot at.
It was the worst thing we could imagine,” added Abdel Ghazi.
Abdel Ghazi said that Abu Hanna had a daughter, who he said was also killed in the massacre.
He said that the girls’ father had worked in the local solariums for six years