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VZL 331: The Arab Village of Beth Tsafafa

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Catalogue NumberVZL 331
Matrix Number N/A
Record Label Vistas of Israel
Record Format33 1/3 RPM - 12"
Shelf Number801277
Number of TracksN/A
Date RecordedN/A
Album Artists
Notes The Arab Village of Beth Tsafafa (narrative with some untitled Arabic group singing at a wedding)

Beth Tsafafa is a town to the southeast of Jerusalem and is on the border between Israel and Jordan. In fact, the border goes through the center of the village with the west side in Israel and the east side in Jordan. The entire town, however, is Arab Moslem. By mutual consent, after the 1948 War of Liberation, the residents of Beth Tsafafa, determined that a fence dividing the town would be erected and the Arabs (at the time, the town was entirely Arab) would be free to pick which side to live in. This was all done peacefully, since Beth Tsafafa had not been involved in any fighting during the War. This Vistas of Israel program highlights a joyful Arab wedding with its ceremonies and rituals as it was held in the town on both sides of the fence at the border with the Muftah (chief of the village) in charge.

A discussion takes place with the Muftah after the wedding and the talk centers around soccer and the fact that 2 Israelis played with a team on the Israeli side of the Arab village. The two Jewish players were interviewed and told how happy they were to be playing on the Beth Tsafafa team. The Vistas program concludes on that note.

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1 - The Arab Village of Beth Tsafafa
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