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Palestine: 70 years of the Nakba

Please read this post also on my facebook page

I am sharing here my comments on a post by Janeen Rashmawi. (see separate posting by Janeen Rashmawi on facebook to see the related beautiful photos)

"Thank you Janeen Rashmawi for starting this thread about the story of our mother, your grandmother, and how she and her parents and siblings were forced to flee their home in يافا / Yaffa (Jaffa). Around a year ago, when I was in Palestine, we went to Yaffa to enjoy a lovely summer day by the sea. I recorded my mother on my mobile phone on the way as we entered the city telling me her memories explaining "this is where the school of my brothers was", and then "this was my school", "this is the way I used to take from home to school", "this is the house of ...", etc. And then when we arrived near the sea, she explained, pointing to some rocks in the sea close to the shore: "these are my rocks ... these are the rocks that I used to love playing near when playing by the sea". Recently, while following the news about Palestine, she explained that they left in three parts because they really wanted to stay: she left via the sea in a small fishing boat with some 5-6 other members of her extended family. She remembers lying on the floor of the boat, covering herself with a coat. Her mother and other siblings were already in Gaza because they left before. Her father came last, as he really did not want to leave. So he also came by boat. But the sea was very rough, and they were very worried about him. She remembers that he arrived in early hours of Easter day. One of her sisters came in the back of a truck. She said that all the sides of the back of the truck were lined with thick mattresses, with the hope of protection from live shooting that was flying around.

My mother made sure that all of her children and grandchildren know about her life and home in يافا /Jaffa

Janeen Rashmawi started the thread by wroting:"Teta’s home, our home in Yaffa, Palestine.Teta knows every inch of that land like the back of her hand; the road that takes her from her home, to her school, and down to her church, back to the market, and my favorite - the path from the house to the sea shore. Nothing and no one will ever take that reality from us, our homes in Palestine. Our grandmothers and grandfathers will continue to bring us back to our homes because Palestine will always live on. #untilReturn #nakba70 #PalestineLives"

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