Sunday, February 14, 2010
One of my daughters is getting married and I am writing invitations. We have very few relatives so I am phoning and asking for addresses of faraway relatives. We used to be in contact with Zsupa (pronunced something like Djuppah) a nice old couple in a kibbutz. They came to the mandatorial Palestine as young Communist Zionist pioneers, and were living in an old derelict wooden shack in a semi-flooded corner of the kibbutz, with old standard furniture of kibbutzim seventy years ago. They had big blond daughters with doctorates who lived elsewhere. One of the daughters was married to a man who worked in the police or something like that. Later I saw his pic in the paper in some stupid scandal and learned that he had been the top security person in this country. They invited us to lunch some times and the man never said a word. It was rather strange but excentric people are our specialty.
I am coming to the point. I asked for Zsupa's real name and postal address. Zsupa's real name was Mahmood Jabbar Bin Djaldjuliyyah Al-Arabi (that is not the real name, but something very similar, so you get the idea). Doubting my ears asked again and then wondered how come this small Hungarian Jew calling himself Mahmood Jabbar Al Arabi ("Big Mohammed The Arab")? Well, it appears that Third Aliyah pioneers affected Arab folk dress and extra Arabic Arab names, in some kind of declaration of communist universal love among the peoples (see pic. Those ferocious looking Arabs are from the HaShomer Zionist Organization in the early twenties). Like me, he had only daughters, so he will be the sole Al Arabi on my genealogical tree.