Reliving the 1948 nabka

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Al-Akhbar's correspondent in south Lebanon Serene Assir says that the protests are calming and people are starting to head home.

She also met a Palestinian man with one arm who remembers the Nakba in 1948.

"I spoke to one man today whose name is Deeb Misbah Shalabi. He says he was born in 1938 in Haifa and when he was ten years old he was with six other children and picked up a toy he found on the streets. It was loaded with explosives by Israelis and he lost his arm."

"After that in 1948 his family fled to Akkar by boat and then by land to Sour (Tyre, in South Lebanon)."

"I asked him whether he had abandoned returning to Palestine and he said 'Not for a minute do I lose hope because my grandchildren love Haifi and Jerusalem more than I do. So if it is not my grandchildren who return it will be their grandchildren.'"

Published: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 17:16

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