Faiz Sazek Salah
Changes in Jerusalem
NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
24 May 1997
- Jerusalem; Old City
- 31.77694 35.23111
- 15:29 - 56:35
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- 31.77844 35.22975
- 1:00:49 - 1:17:19
- HHB PORTADAT PDR 1000
Stereo=1; Split track; Spaced Omni Stereo
0150 a siren is heard far away___ .. (not good), kids dribbling a basketbal1
0319 siren ends, birds singing ....
0752 far away siren is once again heard .....
01019 "Alla Hu Akbar" being heard ... .it is remote...... .
1140 a mixture of the muezzin and the fuss of the Jews praying at the wall...(both are remote)
1502 Interview, Adnan translates:
WHO ARE YOU? ARE YOU A TEACHER.? .......my name is Faiz Sazek Salah. Before the city was occupied I was a baker, then worked in hospital for 9 years. 9 years worked as a guard ....65 years old a retired ...
WHY IS THIS MOSQUE A HOLY PLACE? every mosque is sacred ¿there people fill the holy work....M Muhammad took the trip and ascend heaven...Al-Aqsa area is holy ...40 km. around Al-Aqsa.....All of the area is sacred -even Jordan and Palestine......
DO YOU FEEL SPECIAL TO LIVE HERE IN JERUSALEM BECAUSE IT IS SACRED not special. ... all men were created equal ... I am lucky I was born here .. .I would have preferred poor and live in Jerusalem ....My identity and belief are associated with Jerusalem. there is a sense here....one of the prosperous time in the city's history was under Salah a sin.... who liberated the city ...he was just to the people .....people wanted to come here ... scientists and s???
AN HONOR. FOR YOU TO LIVE HERE? of course.....
HOW DID YOUR FAMILY COME TO LIVE HERE? they came here at about 1907 .... my grandfather came ... my father got married here, I was born in 1932 and have been here ever since.
IN THIS HOUSE? no. when we first came to Jerusalem we lived outside the wall in Wadi El Joz, afterwards we moved to the old city in 1933 to the tea neighborhood only then we moved to this house .....that is why it is insulting when an Ethiopian or a Russian soldier ?? to me and doesn't even know Hebrew and he tells me to turn and searches me....
SINCE THE ISRAELIS CAME HOW HAVE THINGS BEEN? I have been living with them since I was young ...I remember I was 10-15, in about 1945, I could have gone to the streets outside -like Jaffa Road, and travel freely was no problem .....the mayor was Palestinian (Nashashibi). After the British announced they were ??? they began the trouble between the Palestinians and the Jews.. then was the war and the Jews took the western side.... the Palestinians could go only to Jordan ... There was no war -one army withdrew one came in ...there was no firing or destruction .....The first thing the Israelis did -was doing the census. They surveyed the city and told people they belong in other cities and leave to other cities .....this was met with anger on behalf of the Palestinians .... People suffer from this today ....people living close by can not ?? in.........to pray or to work.....the second was to change the character of the city-tunnels we ??? never were opened... Arab houses were in the Jewish quarter, the wailing wall was a small area with an alley leading to it......it all belonged to the Muslims .....bulldozers demolished the houses and established others........the people who were kicked out had to go......
(4540) WHAT IS YOUR. FEELING WHEN KIDS STRANGE TO THE CITY SEARCH YOU? I can not tell them anything.... I am old and unarmed ... they are young and armed .... I show them my ID and they let me go. . . with the young youth they hold them. . . I have another problem lately. . . I became 65 and I should get my pension. . . but I also had to give them many documents. . city taxes. . . birth certificates. . . they told me to ??? another place. . . they wanted me to get an Israeli birth certificate. . . I am entitled to the pension but they give me trouble. .
ALTHOUGH THE CITY IS HOLY IT IS NOT JUST ......right......there is no justice ... there is discrimination between Arabs and Jews ... .....many Arabs had to leave the houses ...they were demolished. . . shops were demolished. . .
10010 German tourists are heard ...
10150 Church bells are heard ....then another type of bell is adding .....they ring in harmony .... (good certain trumpet is in the b.g (Scottish flutes?) people can be heard talking (remote)
10628 they cease....Muezzin heard remotely .....in the b.g tourists ....