The Richest Man In Palestine

Al-Masri House

Ynet has an article on the richest man in the PA. That’s his home pictured above and his library below:

Al-Masri Library

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5 responses to “The Richest Man In Palestine

  1. D

    To boot, the man’s name. Al-Masri, means “The Egyptian”.

  2. Yochanan Lavie

    King Herod would approve.

  3. C-Girl

    The article makes him appear slightly conflicted. First he says this about Palestinians and Arabs:

    “We are neighbors who need each other and we can live alongside each other.”

    Then he says this of a piece in his art collection:

    “This is the Palestinian Hercules who will defeat Israel when the time comes.”

    …(an art collection which includes, it’s noted, original drawings by Amedeo Modigliani, a Jewish Italian artist (1884-1920))

  4. Yochanan Lavie

    C-Girl, wasn’t Modigliani a proud Jew, too? That’s what I heard. I wonder what he’d think of his drawings in that venue.

  5. C-Girl

    That’s probably a bit of a stretch, Yochanan. He had a pretty secular turn-of-the-century upbringing in Italy, which was pretty tolerant of Jews at the time. The situation was far different when he arrived in France, which was in the midst of a wave of anti-Semitism.

    As a result, he hung out with other Jewish artists and societal outcasts. Being a little bit “off”, he played on his reputation as an odd kind of artsy guy by referring to himself as “Modigliani Juif” (Modigliani the Jew), but not as a term of self-aggrandizement or cultural pride…

    He never experienced real fame (although he was infamous in certain circles) during his lifetime, so I’d guess that he’d be tickled to know that his work is currently displayed alongside the Masters, no matter where.

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