On October 30, 1948, the Israeli Army marched into the northern Galilee village of Eilaboun. My uncle Badia and 18 other men from the village, who had been hiding with the rest of the village in two churches, were marched to the village square. The rest of the village residents were marched out of the village to the Lebanese border. The chosen men in the square stood waiting, hands on their heads while the Israeli soldiers huddled in discussion. An officer stepped forward, "We need three men," the Israeli officer shouted to. Three men stood up and were marched off with the soldiers. Moments later, three shots were heard. The soldiers returned, "Three more men," Three more shots. And so on, until only three men remained in the square, my uncle Badia among them. These three were lined up and they shot at point blank range with an automatic rifle in the square. Even now more than fifty years later my father cannot recall the incidents of that day without sobbing. He not only lost his ... Written by
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they started calling young men. "You, come here. You, come here. You, come here." My late brother sat near me. He stood up. He wore a tie, it was spotted. That was the last time we saw him. Enough. I don't want to talk.
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This touching short film allows the audience not just to learn about recent history in the Levant, more precisely the small stretch of land we call Israel / Palestine today, but to actually see it through the eyes of survivors of those times of upheaval, experience it through their sometimes sad, heart-braking, always emotive and authentic stories. a humanitarian disaster. Devoid of any propaganda, witness stories alternate with factual information about the beginnings of the state of Israel, leaving it up to the audience to make up their own minds. Pain and suffering and their historical context captured in a flowing mix of animation, contemporary evidence, witness accounts lest it all be forgotten. And the hope is that films like this can also facilitate a better understanding of the Palestinian side among Israelis.
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