DARAS

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Three battles were fought bravely by the Badrasawis, as the people of Beit Daras are called, in defense of their village.
The "massacre of Beit Daras" that followed remains a subdued scream that still pierces through the hearts of Badrasawis wherever they may be.
We truly are stubborn, proud and generous, for Beit Daras may have been wiped off the map but the collective identity it has given us remains intact, regardless of the exile in which we may find ourselves.
Aurangzeb never forgave him for supporting Dara. He was buried by eunuchs and menial servants beside his beloved Mumtaz Mahal.
Defeated, Dara went to Gujarat and then to Sindh but was betrayed and handed over to Aurangzeb.
Sarmad, the naked mystic poet, who had a huge following among the people of Delhi, would come to Dara. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, in his biography of Sarmad, quotes a pro-Aurangzeb historian Sher Khan Lodhi, the author of Mirath-ul-Khayal, "Sultan Dara Shikoh had an affinity for mad people so he became friends with Sarmad." Maulana comments that "he (Lodhi) does not know that there is a set of scales in which this madness would outweigh all the wisdom in the world", adding that "anyway he (Maulana) prefers the madness of Dara over Alamgiri wisdom, which is tainted with the blood of innocents".
Until now, she views the fight for Beit Daras based on a simple equation: They tried to take our land, and we fought them off until the end.
As simple as the equation was, her confusion regarding the whole event haunts her until this day, and she explained to me that in those days, the Jewish villages and the residents of Beit Daras were close friends and neighbors, and even now decades later, she is still baffled as to what happened and why the people of her village were betrayed in such a way.
After all, I owe Beit Daras my (relatively) large head, and the tenacious spirits of my children, who carry the names of those who lived in Beit Daras, and died there.
Those killed in the 'massacre of Beit Daras', according to Palestinian accounts, were 265, largely women, children and elders.
Morris's chronological research methods discounted the fact that although Beit Daras was located in southern Palestine - approximately 30 kilometers north of Gaza - the Zionist aggression to conquer the once peaceful village began earlier than the Givati's "Operation Lighting" (Mivtza Barak) of early May 1948, and that the village didn't fall for at least another month after the date he sketchily provides.
After all, I owe Beit Daras my (relatively) large head, and the tenacious spirit of my children, who carry the names of those who lived in Beit Daras, and died there.