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The white flower of innocence

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 17.03.2006:

Fifty years ago there lived a pretty girl in Artas. She was willing to talk with anybody she liked. She was happy and smiling, and many were fond of her. But there were people who did not approve of her conduct.

Especially her brothers became very jealous of her because of all the attention she enjoyed. They said: “She shames the family, everybody talks about us.” They took her to the Solomon’s Pools, drowned her and threw her body in a pit. Some villagers informed Asim Bek, a powerful man. He threatened the people: “If you don’t tell me the truth, I will bring my men.” The people forced the brothers to tell the place where they had killed their sister. Then Asim Bek ordered that the body should be buried properly, near the walls of the castle.

After a while a beautiful flower grew up above the grave. Some villagers discovered it and exclaimed: “Now we understand! The girl was innocent. What have we done?” All people in the village came together and everybody agreed that the girl was innocent.

Arab Educational Institute, Moral Stories from Palestine. Culture and Palestine Series, Bethlehem 1999. For more information: aei@p-ol.com

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