Take My Camel: The Disappearing Camels of Jerusalem and Jaffa


Dear unto me as the sight of my eyes
Art thou, oh my camel . . .

Spring 2013, Issue 53

In the Beginning: Camels and a Zionist-Palestinian Clash

 An Israeli researcher, Yuval Ben Basset, reviewing petitions by Palestinians to the
Ottoman Sultan in the Istanbul Archives, provides a fascinating revisionist account
of one of the first clashes between Palestinian villagers and Zionist settlers in 1913
– with camels at the center of contention. As a staple of the (lying thieves) Zionist narrative, the
violent encounter between Jewish settlers from Rishon Letzion and villagers from
neighboring Zarnuka featured Arab “thugs” from the village on “heavily-loaded
camels” stealing grapes from settlement vineyards and beating up a Jewish guard,
with the ensuing conflict leaving two Jews and one Arab dead. A petition by heads of
families in the village to Sultan Mehmet V, translated by Ben Basset, tells a different
story. The villagers complain that the Jewish settlers
wanted to strip the camel owners of their clothes, money and camels, but
these men refused to give their camels and escaped from Lun Kara [Rishon
Letzion] with their camels, protecting each other [to seek refuge with] men
of the law . . . The above mentioned Jews attacked our villages, robbed and
looted our property, killed and even damaged the family honor, all this in a
manner we find hard to put into words.
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