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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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Germany | Palestine | Israel


Arabic | English

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (Israel) See more »

Filming Locations:

Galilee, Israel

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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The sons of Eilaboun was screened in Amal Euroarab Film Festival 2008. See more »


Botros Matta: They killed each three in a different Location.
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Heart-touching, authentic and eye-opening.
29 October 2014 | by gruenewaldjSee all my reviews

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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