Sunday, March 16, 2014

Old Man of Jerusalem... with an AP archive link to a wonderful old (& very brief) video made in 1957 of an amazing Palestinian, Mohammad Khalil Abulhawa, born in 1821

from my friend Suzi of Playgrounds for Palestine 
& Author of Mornings in Jenin
March 6, 2013 

This is a news article about my great grandfather, Mohammad Khalil Abulhawa (spelled Abu el-Hawa here). And the link is archival AP footage of him in 1957. The tattered document they show in both the picture and link is his birth certificate showing that he was born in 1821. He was 136 years old when these news reports were made of him. On my father's side, he is my great grandfather. On my mother's slide, he is my great uncle. He outlived 5 wives and fathered 26 children. He holds the record for the longest life in the Middle East. Amazingly, there are records of older people in other parts of the world.

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