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In September 1948 members of the Palmach pre-state underground set out to the Jerusalem hills to locate the bodies of the crew of the Israel Air Force's Norseman plane that had crashed there three months earlier. Along the way the team encountered members of the Al-Aliyan family, Arab peasant farmers from a small village called Al-Umar on a hill opposite Abu Ghosh. The villagers led them to a cave where the...