Contents [by original pages]
Introduction ................................................... 25
I. The Tip of the String ................................... 41
II. The Crime ............................................... 57
for the Bread of
IV. The Slaying of the Servant Ibrahim Amarah ............... 85
Denial of the Austrian Embassy
Employee Isaac Picciotto ................................ 111
VI. The Memo of Accusation Against Isaac Picciotto .......... 148
VIII. The Role of the Foreign Consulates ...................... 165
Documents ...................................................... 211
Setting the stage
The Case: The Slaying of Father Thomas Al-Capuci and his servant Ibrahim Amarah Al-Roumi to use their blood in the preparation of the "Bread of Zion".
The Date: Wednesday, the 2nd of Zul-Hijjah, 1255 H. (February 5, 1840 A.D.).
Place: The Jewish Quarter
The Participants in the slaying of Father Thomas Al-Capuci were the following Jews:
1. David Harari, 2. Aaron Harari, 3. Isaac Harari, 4. Joseph Harari, 5. Joseph Lifyado, 6. Rabbi Moussa Abou Al-Afieh, 7. Rabbi Moussa Bokhoor Yehuda (known as the Salaniki), 8. Saliman Al-Hallaq (the Barber).
The Participants in the slaying of Ibrahim Amarah were the following Jews:
1. Moussa Farhi, 2. Murad Farhi, 3. Aaron Salamboli, 4. Isaac Picciotto, 5. Aslan Farhi, 6. Jacob Abou Al-Afieh, 7. Joseph Menachim Farhi, 8. Murad Al-Fattal.
The site of Father Thomas Al-Capuci's Tomb.
A Marble Plate marks the Tomb of
Father Thomas Al-Capuci inside the
The Translation of the Document affixed over the Marble Plate.
THE HISTORY OF THIS PLATE
The renewal of accusation regarding the religious
ritual murder, in
He arrived in
The tombstone in the
According to Sir Moses, the following conversation
took place at the
"He received me with a great welcome....Then I asked His permission for me to read my request. He listened with great attention and expressed His agreement many times. And when I finished reading He said: 'I shall give direct and strong orders; I am very happy to be able to serve a rightful cause!'."
In 1855 Sir Moses was planning to travel again to
* Quoted from the book Sephardic Judaism by Paul Goodman.
The Document affixed on Marble Plate next to the Tomb of Father Thomas inside the Franciscan Church - Damascus, Bab Toma.
The Tomb of Father
Thomas Al-Capuci inside the
In the thirties of the 19th century, Muhammad Ali
managed to liberate
In this turbulent era and in Muhammad Ali Pasha's
final phase of mandate upon
2 Capuchin Priest, spent 33
On the day of the crime he happened to be in the Jewish Quarter treating a smallpox-struck Jewish boy. (See Al-Macsoud Fi Qawa'id al-Talmud Trans. Yussef Hanna Nasr Allah, pages 29-30).
Researchers' pens flocked from the East and the West to present the contents and to reveal the hidden motives of these crimes. Thus this crime of slaying Father Thomas Al-Capuci, and his servant, was not the first of its kind.3
2 A similar crime was committed in
3 The Consul General of Egypt wrote to the French
Foreign Minister, on
Also, the French Consul in
This crime, surely, is not the last of its kind either.1 But this particular case gained special meaning because of the surrounding political environment.
The Egyptian authorities in
1 See Rohling: Jewish Beliefs According to the Talmud. A chapter contained quotes from the Talmud says: "The life of misery and subjugation over the People of Israel will continue until the elimination of foreign rule over them. Before the Jews finally rule over the rest of all nations, war must break out and destroy two thirds of the world. Then the Jews will spend seven continuous years destroying the weapons they had captured after their victory. (p. 65)
2 The French Consul in
1. There is nothing said or done in
2. It is the duty of the Jew to curse the Christians three times daily, and pray that God may destroy them all, especially their Kings and Rulers. This is the Law, and its faithful observance falls upon the leaders of this belief, especially those whose duty it is to urge the curse of the Christians. God has ordered the Jewish People to put their hands on Christian wealth by all means possible, it matters not whether they use trick, theft, or interest charge.
3. It is the duty of the Jews to consider the Christians as beasts and to treat them as such. If a Jew sees a Christian on the edge of a cliff, he should push him or throw him to the bottom.
The French Consul explained that there are some Talmudic references to the Muslims, which are even more severe than those for the Christians; and that he refrained from translating them due to his fear of Muslim anger over them.
The Jewish reaction created a great tumult
everywhere; and their leaders and supporters were knocking on the doors of the
Even today, whenever the Jews commit a crime which stirs world opinion, they are not satisfied to be declared innocent of such a crime but they exploit to the maximum the opportunity to obtain more influence over public opinion.
They started this strategy by exploiting the office
of the Austrian Consul in
The Jews exploited the tolerance of the Egyptian
authorities and the French Consul in
1 The French Consul responded by saying that Mr. Laurin the Austrian Consul, was not aware of the fact that the Jews of Damascus paid much of their gold in the case of Father Thomas Al-Capuci because they knew, and for long time, that they were responsible for the disappearance of a large number of other religious communities' members. He further referred to the huge sums of money offered by the Jews, as a bribe, to some French Consulate staff, members to get them to cooperate in wiping out all traces of this crime.
and as to the accusation of torture, even if it truly took place, this was an act of some individuals so, therefore, Islamic Law had no role or connection in this matter.
Although, the use of
torture with the accused criminal, in order to obtain his confession, was a
known practice then in
The Jewish leaders made their move in
The Jews succeeded in their exploitation of the
dilemma facing Mohammad Ali by the Great Powers hostility and encirclement in
Because of all this, they succeeded in obtaining a Firman or Declaration Order from Mohammad Ali. In fact they hoped by forming its contents - to end the case in their favor, and to do away with it altogether.
And when the Sultan of Turkey recovered
But the Jews were not satisfied with what they had
achieved so far, and directed their concentrated effort to erase the writing
inscribed on the Tomb of Father Thomas in the
Thus, the Jews continue to commit individual crimes
and collective slaughtering, and succeed in wiping off the evidence of their
crimes by the virtue of using their financial, political, and propaganda
influence in the ruling circles of
They succeeded in convincing people with high
responsibility and political status in some European states that the return of
the Jews to Palestine would be the best solution to the Eastern Question.1
Therefore, through the influence of the Jews and their supporters in England,
the British Government adopted the subject of Jewish Protection throughout the
Ottoman Empire, and the adoption of the idea of the return of the Jews to
Palestine. Accordingly, Palmerston sent a letter to
his ambassador in
1 Archives Affaires Etrangeres, Alexandrie, Direction Commerciale, Vol 28, No. 220, pp. 542-543.
2 Montefiore wrote to Palmerston
and to Louis-Napoleon on this matter. The French Consul in
See Archives Affaires Etrangers Consulat de Damas-Correspondance politique, Vol. 2 (1848-1853), No. 1, pp. 132-135.
1 The English Newspaper, The Globe, wrote that the
return of the Jews to
The Morning Chronicle, which represented the official views of
Palmerston, the Foreign Minister, confirmed that the
creation, or more plainly, the recreation of this Syrian-Palestinian (Jewish)
Kingdom is the ultimate need of the Eastern Policy, and it will serve
See Dr. Hajjar: L'Europe et les destinees du Proche-Orient (1815-1848) p. 333.
Dr. Ibrahim Hajjar pp. 334-335.
Palmerston requested that his ambassador explain this to the
Ottoman Government and to advise it, strongly, to encourage the return of the
This crime, the slaying of Father Thomas by the
Jews, took place in the city of
Here too, it must be said that both Western and Eastern societies were way ahead of Arab-Islamic countries in discovering the Jewish ideology, and its hidden contents of destructive evil. Accordingly; these societies embarked upon research and serious inquiries regarding the self-isolation of the Jews, in their own quarters (the ghettos), and their own insistence upon this isolation, in order to attract and invite hatred, so they will be singled out for their marked character and characteristics. And it may have been that the imposed environment of tolerance by the Muslim Arabs was the primary factor which provided the opportunity for the Jews to enjoy the life of complete freedom throughout the Arab-Islamic region. They came to know everything about the regions of this world, at the same time, they benefited from their private isolation, and shrouded their own world with obscurity, so that the world would not know of them except a meager amount of information.
It was not strange, therefore, that the city of
The alarmed call of the city was expressed by the
mothers warning their children: "beware of going far from your own house;
because the Jews might pass by you, they might put you in their sacks and take
you away to slay you and drain your blood, to make their bread of
Generation after generation carried this warning of
"Jewish betrayal" with them. Then the Jews established a country for
themselves in the
The observation of the daily events as to what is
happening in the occupied land gives daily confirmation beyond the shadow of a
doubt that what is described as the Zionist Racism is nothing but an extension
and remolding of the Talmudic teachings. And if the Jew refuses to live in a
non-Jewish home, this led the refusal of the enlarged ghetto's society (
My intention in publishing this book was nothing more than the exposure of some secrets of a Jewish religion sect and the practices of its adherents. Their hateful, blind solidarity to their beliefs, and the execution of Talmudic teachings which were formulated by their religious beliefs and teachings (The Law of their Prophet Moses). The Holy Quran revealed, adequately, God's saying: Suras II: 75, 79:
Can Ye (O Ye Men of Faith) entertain the hope that they will believe in you? - Seeing that a party of them heard the Word of God, and prevented it knowingly after they understood it.
Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands; and then say: "This is from God," to traffic with it for a miserable price!
Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.
It is also my intention through the writing of this
book to show, indirectly, the importance of the state's national sovereignty in
the Syrian region because it clearly reveals the arrogance and defiant behavior
of Isaac Picciotto (a Jew working in the Austrian Consulate in Damascus) in
front of the Chief Justice of the Court. This particular incident could not
have taken place if foreign influence in
For those reasons we have witnessed the submissive
posture of the leader of
The sovereignty of
Finally, I want very much to direct my great appreciation and thanks to my comrade in arms, Al-Muqaddam Bassan Assali, who was my right arm in the preparation of this book. I hope that I have been able to fulfill some of my duties in the process and the task of exposing the practices of our nation's historic enemy, seeking only the cause of God.
THE MURDERING OF FATHER THOMAS AL-CAPUCI
— The Elements of the Research:
I. The Tip of the String
II. The Crime
for the Bread of
IV. The Slaying of the Servant Ibrahim Amarah
V. The Denial of the Austrian Embassy Employee Isaac Picciotto
VI. The Memorandum of Accusation Against Isaac Picciotto
VIII. The Role of the Foreign Consulates
THE TIP OF THE STRING
1 The Patriarchate Magazine, (formerly The Syrian
Magazine), VI, vol. 19 (
sick and to give vaccinations against smallpox, and had not returned home. Due to the fact that the Muslim community Quarters were far from his residence, Father Thomas arranged his visits to the Muslim Quarters early in the morning. After work he would return to take his lunch and rest for a short time before he would go to the Christian section, and enter the Jewish Quarter at the end of the day, and return to his house later in the evening.
On this particular day he was carrying with him an advertisement for a public auction for the Tarnoba estate, since Tarnoba had died earlier. The time for the return of Father Thomas to his house drew near, and passed, and yet he was nowhere in sight. His servant, Ibrahim Amarah, became concerned and he hurriedly went to the Jewish Quarter looking for Father Thomas, but he too did not return.
Mr. Beaudin stated that
the pharmacist of the Sham's Hospital, Mr. Santi, who
borrowed a book from Father Thomas earlier, came that day to return the book.
He knocked on the little church door several times, and when no one answered
the door he went to the big
The French Consul, Mr. Comte De Ratti-Menton also
received the information with concern. He went immediately to the
The Consul ordered one of the neighbors to climb down the ladder inside the Church and to open the door. When the neighbor climbed down he went to the door and found it closed but not locked. This fact seemed to indicate that the servant left the church with the intent of coming back shortly. The Consul entered the Church, and when he went inside the kitchen he found dinner had been prepared for both, Father Thomas and his servant. It was ready to be eaten which indicated that both men went out with intention of returning for dinner.
Their concern turned to fears that both had met
with death outside the Church. There was no evidence to indicate death caused
by a theft of money or valuables as everything inside was
in its proper place and orderly. In addition many had witnessed Father Thomas
entering the Jewish Quarters yesterday afternoon. However, no one had seen him
leaving the Jewish Quarters. The Consul returned to his office and sent his
assistant to meet with the Egyptian Governor of
The Governor of Damascus immediately issued an order to make necessary searches and investigations, and sent the man who was responsible for security (Ali Nounou) to inspect suspected places in the Jewish Quarter and some houses inside it. But researches did not result in anything. Then two Christian natives, Catholics, (Nima Kassab and Michael Kallam) gave their evidence which said that they were passing through the Jewish Quarter, on the day father Thomas disappeared, 15 minutes before sunset. And when they reached the lane of Talei Al-Fiddaha in the first part of the Jewish Quarter, they saw the servant of Father Thomas going hastily while he was entering the Jewish Quarter. They stopped him and asked where he was going and why he was walking so fast. He replied that his master had told him before that he was going to the Jewish Quarter, but he had not come yet, so, he came to look for him. At that time, suspicions pointed that Father Thomas and his servant had been lost together in the Jewish Quarter.
Sharif Pasha, the Governor of Damascus sent for four rabbis and asked them to announce in their temples, that forgiveness would be granted to anyone who gave information that would help in revealing the criminal case, coupled by a promise to keep their names secret in case of an attempt on their lives. Moreover, Sharif Pasha, issued his orders to inspect some houses belonging to the Jews, but all efforts proved to be of no avail.
Mohammad Ali succeeded in the 19th century in the
During this unstable period, and about the end of Mohammad Ali's rule over Syria, a horrible crime shocked Damascus, a crime that resulted in the slaying of Father Thomas Al-Capuci by a group of Jews who wanted to use his blood in the making of the Yom Kippur unleavened bread.1
This was not the first crime of its kind. The West knew of many similar ones, and so did Czarist
1 Father Thomas spent thirty-three years in
Father Thomas had placed public notices for the
Auction Sale of the estate of Tranoba in all the
The authorities removed the notice and examined it. It revealed that two wafers (medicine capsules) were used on two corners as stickers when all notices were mounted by the use of four wafers. Upon examination of these capsules it became clear that all were of white color, the same kind used by Father Thomas. But the two capsules used to fasten the notice next to the Barber Shop were of different color - one being red, and the other violet.
The Jewish barber, Soliman Saloom, was brought for questioning. He said that the notice on the wall was mounted by Father Thomas himself. When he was asked about the method of mounting it he said that Father Thomas used two capsules. Then he was asked again about the color of the two capsules in spite the fact that they were on the back of the paper and how did Father Thomas place the notice on a place that was too high for him to reach. The barber confessed that because so many people handled the notice he was concerned that it would fall and be lost if he did not remove it from its original place and place it on a higher spot.
The barber, Soliman Saloom, was recalled for further questioning and was vigorously drilled with many questions. He was also warned and threatened. On Friday, 14th of February, 1840, the barber confessed that Rabbi Moussa Abou Al-Afieh, Moussa Bokoor Yehuda (Salaniki), David Harari, and his brothers Isaac and Joseph Harari, and Joseph Lifyado were together, and that they all walked through Ziqaq (alley) Al-Tallaj, in the Tallaj neighborhood, passing the house of David Harari between and afternoon of Wednesday, the day of Father Thomas' disappearance, when Father Thomas met with them.
The barber, Soliman Saloom, also confessed that Isaac Picciotto, one of the Jewish elites, stopped at his barber shop after his first questioning to ask him if he had confessed to anything. When the barber replied negatively, Mr. Picciotto said to him: "I was expecting that of you, and hoped it would be the case." He also stated that he had been to the French Consul regarding the investigation to help the barber during his jail-detention. This was in order to keep Mr. Saloom, the barber, silent. Following these revelations by Mr. Saloom, the authority summoned those whose names had been given by Mr. Saloom. They were asked to state what facts they knew regarding the disappearance of Father Thomas Al-Capuci and his servant. Their answers were as follows: Joseph Lifyado stated that his daughter had died on a Friday, fifteen days earlier, and as was their custom for the family of the deceased, they did not leave their homes so that he did not know anything regarding the case.
Isaac Harari stated that he did not know anything about the case, and that he and the barber Soliman Saloom were the type of business men who did not interest themselves in matters other than their work which was buying and selling. He denied any knowledge of what had been reported.
David Harari stated that he had not seen Father Thomas for two months. He denied that he had a meeting with those mentioned by Mr. Saloom. He further stated: "It is true that my house is located in the Tallaj Alley, but I know nothing about the meeting of those mentioned by Mr. Saloom during his interrogation by the authorities.
Joseph Harari stated that he was an old man who seldom left his house; that he had not met with Father Thomas in more than three months. He said that he had lived with the Christians all his life, spending the night in their homes, and they in turn slept at his home.
Finally it was the turn of Rabbi Moussa Abou Al-Afieh to speak and he stated that: "I returned to my house from work around sunset. Enroute I passed from Qassatliyeh road and not through the Tallaj neighborhood. Therefore, I did not see Father Thomas even one time. As far as the association is concerned, it is not ours. I have not met with them once in the last six months. However, we might have seen each other casually and then departed. I have no knowledge regarding the meeting of those mentioned in the case.
Aaron Harari stated that: "I live in a house near the British Consul's residence. Seldom do I go to that area to meet with my brethren. I have not seen the barber for eight days, and I leave for my work, and do not leave the market to return home before sunset. So this being the case, how could the seven of us have met."
Those men gave their statements in the absence of the barber because they were all booked together in a single room. Therefore, they were able to agree among themselves on what to say and to deny their meeting. Then the barber Soliman Saloom was brought back to face them with his own statement. They insisted on their own statements, and everyone turned to him saying: "O beloved one, did you see us yourself? I pray to God for your salvation."
Then Joseph Lifyado decided to confirm his statement by saying: "I have proof; the death of my daughter was on the night of Thursday. Both Isa Al-Mukhowil and Matta Ghibreel were in my house and they can confirm that." The others insisted by stating that the report of the barber was false and had no foundation in the truth since they did not return to their homes from the market place until sunset.
When Rabbi Moussa Bokhour Yehuda came for questioning, he stated that he had no knowledge of the case; that he did not meet with the mentioned group association; and that he knew nothing regarding this so called "meeting," and that he did not leave his house before sunset. Therefore, he did not see Father Thomas and did not meet with him.
Faced with the denials of these accused, the authorities decided to book them for further investigation.
The investigation resumed on Sunday, 13th, Zul-Hijjah (February 16, 1840). At this point, the barber Soliman Saloom did not confess to other than having seen Father Thomas meeting with the seven men. The investigators decided to direct their efforts to the barber because they felt that he knew more regarding this case, more than he had told thus far. They continued their questioning of him, and kept up their interrogation of him at times with kindness, at other times with threats. The barber began to break down and requested that he be granted immunity and pardon before giving further testimony. This was granted. Then he confessed that the above mentioned group of seven men took Father Thomas to David Harari's house. "After half an hour they called me from my shop, it was after sunset. They said to me:
'Slay this priest.' Father Thomas was in the room with his hands tied. I said to them: 'this is not my business,' and I refused to do it. Then they gave me money, and they also gave me the public notice of the estate auction sale. Aaron Harari gave it to me. They instructed me to mount it near my shop.
When you first brought me for questioning, David Harari saw me and he said to me: 'beware of admitting anything. We will give you money.' It was the servant (Murad Al-Fattal) of David Harari who came to my shop to request me to go to the meeting place.
The above statement of confession was recorded, and the servant Murad Al-Fattal was summoned for questioning.
The Investigator resumed his questioning of Soliman Saloom, the barber, by saying to him: "Your confessions yesterday were statements different from your statements today. And you said that the questioning and the confession was obtained due to beatings. That is to say that the confession was obtained from you by force. Now you are accusing these men; we want to know the truth. Do not be afraid. We do not want to accuse anybody. And if there is another side to the case, state it and do not be afraid."
The barber insisted that he had told the truth, and that he was not denying anything of what he said. The Investigator then asked: "Were there any women or children in the house?" The barber answered: "There were none other than the seven men, and the servant who remained outside the house."
The questions by the Investigator and the replies of the barber, Soliman Saloom, were as follows:
Q: Who opened the door?
A: David Harari opened the door.
Q: After they asked you to slay the Priest, did you stay there? Where did you go?
A: I did not stay. I left for my shop, closed it, and then I went home.
Q: Did Father Thomas try to cry out?
A: He was
encircled by the men. This I think prevented him from crying. Even if
cried, his voice would not have been heard outside. In addition, the surrounding houses
were all occupied by Jews.
Q: Was his servant with him or not?
A: His servant was not with him. Another group murdered the servant. This I know to be true.
Murad Al-Fattal, the servant of David Harari, came and was questioned by the Investigator. The servant said: "My teacher sent me after sunset to call the barber Soliman Saloom. I called him then went to my house."
Q: Was anyone else present? Who was with your teacher?
A: I did not see anyone other than my master (teacher) who did not leave the house on that day because he was complaining of a toothache.
Q: How did you spend your day on Wednesday of Zul-Hijjah 2nd, the day on which Father Thomas disappeared?
A: I was in the marketplace. I went to the custom house to claim a bale of wool material. Then I went to Georgi Anjouri. I remained in the market place until about sunset.
Mr. Anjouri was questioned regarding the truthfulness of what David Harari had said of his meeting with him last Wednesday. He said that David Harari did not come to his place on Wednesday, but that he came on Thursday afternoon. Some of what he said to me was that "the Christians were accusing us regarding the case of Father Thomas. Is it possible that we would do something like that"? Are we that kind of people? I answered him: "That's what they are saying".
Then the Investigator sent a written letter to the custom house. The reply to the letter arrived, sealed with the custom officer's seal. It stated that David Harari did not come on Wednesday, but that his servant came on Thursday and claimed a bale of wool; that David Harari had not come to the custom house at all.
The Assistant to the French Consul – Beaudin - performed the investigation on Tuesday, 16 Zul-Hijjah. He started by questioning the barber Soliman Saloom.
Q. Who gave you the public notice of the auction which was found mounted next to your shop?
A. Aaron Harari is the one who gave me the public notice paper.
Q. Where did he give you that paper? And at what time?
A. He gave it to me half an hour past sunset on Wednesday. That was when I went to David Harari's house. It was there that he gave it to me.
Q. Where did you get the capsules for mounting it?
A. Aaron Harari gave it to me.
Q. Where did Aaron Harari get the capsules?
A. I do not know. All I know is that he gave it to me with the notice paper.
Q. Did anybody see you when you were mounting the paper? At what time was that?
A. I mounted it early Thursday morning. No one saw me.
Q. Did you discuss this with anyone of your family, like your father or your wife?
A. I did not discuss this with anyone at all.
Q. Did they pay you money to buy your silence?
A. They gave me nothing except a promise to give a sum of money.
Q. Who has been responsible for your family and house expenses since the day of your imprisonment?
A. They promised me that they would take care of the expenses for my family. However, they have not lived up to their promises.
Q. How did they give you this promise?
A. When the police-Abou Shihab Tofnakji-came and arrested me on Sunday afternoon, David Harari passed by my side and whispered to me saying: "do not be afraid, we will give you money".
Q. Are you prepared to swear, according to your faith, to the truth of your testimony?
A. I am very much ready to swear.
Until this point in the investigation the barber Soliman Saloom had maintained his denial of any knowledge of the murder, or of his presence thereof. So Beaudin asked him:
Q. Did you try to spy on what had happened to Father Thomas after you left David Harari's house on Wednesday?
A. The barber answered that he was not able to come back to enter the house.
Q. Did you know that Father Thomas has posted the notice paper on Wednesday?
A. Yes! I did. But I did not see it because I was not in the shop at that time. I was at Rabbi Moussa's house. He had sent for me. When I returned to my shop I found a crowd of laborers reading the advertisement. I asked them what does it contain? They said that Father Thomas had put it there for the auction.
Q. Did you know the shape of the paper?
A. I did not see it. There is no doubt that the Harari's family removed it because if they were not the ones who removed it, they would not have given it to me to put it back.
On Wednesday, Zul-Hijjah 14, Murad Al-Fattal was brought in again, and the Investigator asked him:
Q. Where were you, and where was your master David Harari when he asked you to bring the barber Soliman Soloom to him?
A. I was in the marketplace. When I passed by the Harari Family houses, he was standing in front of his house. He said to me: "Send the barber to me." So I went to the barber and sent him. Then I returned to my house.
Q. Your master has denied that he asked you to send the barber to him.
A: What is my job? Am I not a servant? That is what he ordered me to do, and that is what I did.
Q: If he was the one who demanded of you to send the barber to him, why is he denying it?
A: Perhaps the barber is accusing him of this because if he denies it he might be labeled with the accusations.
Q: David mentioned that he was suffering from a toothache. This does not seem to agree with the statement that he was standing in front of his house. If it was necessary for him to stay inside his house due to a toothache. You need to give us whatever information you have. Because you are a servant, no harm will come to you. So tell the truth and do not be afraid.
A: The truth of the matter is that I was afraid, and that is why I said what I have said. The truth is that my master did not ask me to send for the barber, and I did not send for him.
At this point in the investigation pressure on the servant Murad increased with added threats. Then he stated: "You brought me in front of my master Rafael Farhi and questioned me. He looked at me and winked, so I denied it."
The Investigator said to him: "Do you fear Rafael more than you fear me?" The servant answered, "You will whip me and then let me go. But he will beat me until death. For that I am more afraid of him than of you."