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My grandfather was a train conductor in Palestine.

This is his Nakba story, so I guess its #MyNakbaStory too. (A thread.)
Jiddo - Said Assad Ismail Elkhatib - drove a train from Kantara, Egypt to Beirut. His home station was Haifa, in the north of Palestine.
Here’s his ID.

Not the cheeriest photo.

It was a tough job.
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#MyNakbaStory thread: 1/ In June 1947, my grandpa Abu Adel secured a building permit from the Government of #Palestine for a home in Balad al-Shaykh, a village on the outskirts of #Haifa. For yrs, he'd been selling ful medammes (favabean stew) & hummus from the back of a donkey—
2/ —his first ever business partner. He'd take the donkey from one Palestinian village to another, traveling along unmarked roads in and around Haifa from sunrise to sunset. The people of those villages came to know my grandfather as بياع الفول, the ful seller.
3/ Abu Adel sold ful and hummus this way until he saved up enough money to open his own ful shop, pictured above in 1945, and to buy land upon which to make a home for his growing family. His shop became so popular that he would later be referred to as ملك الفول, the King of Ful
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#MyNakbaStory My grandfather was 19 years old after he was forced to leave his town in Palestine at 1948.. he and his family owned a big house, many land properties, farms, etc.. they were forced to leave them and become refugees in Lebanon.
#MyNakbaStory the story didn’t end after he reached lebanon.. he lived many wars.. he lost his mom in Israeli bombing.. lost him second home in south lebanon, lost all his money in his bank account here too.. had to fake an ID to do not get killed by BOTH fighting sides here..
The story of my family is a continuous suffering since exact 70years.. since UK decided to give my homeland to Polish and Russians.. My father was born as a refugee,me, my cousins, refugees after 3 generations. Is it fair to have no solution after all these years?
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A funeral is taking place for an 8-month-old Palestinian baby who died after Israel fired tear gas into Gaza.
It’s a national day of mourning across the occupied West Bank.

Israeli soldiers killed at least 60 Palestinians, including an 8-month-old baby, during protests yesterday.
This is a list of the names of people killed by Israeli forces on Monday, according to @MiddleEastEye.
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To quote @gazawia -
"May 15, 1948 is what Palestinians call the #Nakba - a day when we lost our homeland. The Nakba never ended; Palestinians continue to be denied a homeland and the right to exist. The #GreatMarchOfReturn is #Gaza‘s popular form of resistance to demand return"
#MyNakbaStory - my family were natives of the Old City, but in the late 1930's purchased a home in Bak'a/Katamon area of West Jerusalem. Very shortly after, unrest began as zionist militias ratcheted up the violence in anticipation of 1948
My great grandfather attempted to remain in his home in West Jerusalem for as long as possible, but eventually had to flee with his many young children in tow. My grandmother remembers her father admonishing her mother, telling her "No need to take so many things! We'll be back!"
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What is the Nakba? What are Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere protesting over?

I want to share with you one Nakba story, #MyNakbaStory in this thread.
Have a look at this picture from Palestine. The young man on the left is my Sido (grandfather). This is from the late 1920s to early 1930s. My great grandmother is seated in the foreground with her three sons behind her. They are from al-Lyd.
My great grandfather is not pictured because he died at a young age when my Sido was a toddler. This meant my great grandmother had a be a hero and raise three boys on her own, uneducated and illiterate, she worked what jobs she could to raise them.
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