Flowers, fruits & fauna

Shvil Hazahav is a circular forest trail on the edge of Lahav Forest.

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November 14, 2013 12:18
A cave that has not been restorted in the ruins of Abu Hof

Flowers, fruits and fauna. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)

 
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Back in the last century, when the Ottoman Turks ruled Palestine, a tax collector lived in Gaza. In 1917, as British forces advanced towards Gaza in their move to conquer the Holy Land, he decided to hightail it out of the country. He packed a trunk with taxes he had collected – mainly gold, but also diamonds, rubies and other valuables – and boarded a train for his home in Istanbul.

As he traveled through the Negev, he stopped off at the ruins of a village called Abu Hof (Father of Fear). After finding the perfect spot, he buried his treasures, shot his companions and continued on his way.

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