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The Sons of Eilaboun (2007)

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A documentary film that tells the story of the human toll that Plan Dalet claimed on a small Palestinian village in the 1948 war. The story of the massacre, expulsion and return of Eilaboun.



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Anise Zreiq ...
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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 Timothy Hanes

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A story of a small Palestinian village, that tells the tale of a nation


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Zreiq, Salem: 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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A very touching, powerful and important documentary!
28 June 2008 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

The Sons of Eilaboun is about the massacre in the northern Galilee village of Eilaboun, a massacre from many that the Israelis committed in the 1948 war. The documentary gives a very important historical introduction by the Israeli historian Illan Pappe, and the people of Eilaboun tell their story. A very touching film, and extremely powerful. The power of The Sons of Eilaboun lies not only in its moving content. It is also a reminder of the 60- year day-by-day resistance to occupation and struggle to return since the events of 1948. I was lucky to see the film in its first screening in Nazareth, The people left the A very touching, powerful and important documentary. A must see!!

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