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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.


Hisham Zreiq


Hisham Zreiq



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Cast overview:
Salem Zreiq Salem Zreiq ... Himself
Ilan Pappe Ilan Pappe ... Himself
Anise Zreiq Anise Zreiq ... Herself
Melia Zreiq Melia Zreiq ... Herself
Botros Matta Botros Matta ... Himself


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


Documentary | Short



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Arabic | English

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (Israel) See more »

Filming Locations:

Galilee, Israel

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Technical Specs




Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The sons of Eilaboun was selected and screened in Boston Palestine Film Festival 2008. See more »


Zreiq, Melia: I hope God will bring peace to this land, and let the peoples live together - a good life. I hope there will be peace.
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Biggest piece of hokum ever!
3 January 2014 | by schmoeli-schickSee all my reviews

Not only is this movie badly directed, it is just plain and simple propaganda for the Palestinian cause! Additionally, it's all lies, pure and simple bullshit, no Palestinian civilians were shot, only evacuated, just as usual, the Palestinians are thriving on the lack of knowledge of the actual conflict to spread falsehoods and lies...But what can we expect from cold blooded murderers and killers of children! This is a completely fake representation of the war of 1948. In addition, the introduction is done by Ilan Pappe, a person whose writings and testimonies have been disproved countless times and have been proved to be written by him, purely for the sake of propaganda, the advancement of the so called palestinian people, and his own selfish financial gain. Please do not waste your time on this movie, or at least if you do, be aware that it's all lies and deceit!

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