Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Story of Aida Aweidah

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Story of Aida Aweidah

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THE AWEIDAHS were the last to flee their neighborhood of Qatamon in West Jerusalem. Hassan Aweidah was a self-made man who owned the Modern Hotel (aka Hotel el Asry) in Jerusalem. He and his wife Fatima Imam al-Hussaini had three children: Ghalib, Sa'eb, and Aida. Seventeen-year-old Aida attended the Schmidt school for girls and had done well, planning to continue her studies and pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. In the meantime, she spent most of her days playing piano and taking care of Blacky, the family German shepherd, who was Aida's faithful shadow. Then came a knock on the door.

At their doorstep, in black plastic bags, were the bodies of a close family relative and his newly wedded wife in pieces. Alarmed, Hassan sent his family to Ramallah for a few days-just until things quieted down, he said. Much to Aida's dismay, Blacky was staying behind. No matter, said Hassan, they'd be reunited again soon. Aida never saw Blacky or played piano ever again. For Aida Aweidah, time stopped on the day she left her home in the spring of 1948.

After the Nakba, Aida's dream of becoming a doctor remained elusive. …

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