Forgotten Survivors: Memories of a Fading Generation | Archive of Video Interviews

The video interviews included in this archive were conducted for the documentary films Forgotten Survivors: Memories of a Fading Generation and Portraits of Denial & Desire. Those projects focus on the narratives of three generations of Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and homeland beginning in 1948. Realizing that only small segments from a few of the interviews would be included in the film, I decided to make larger portions of all the interviews available to anyone researching the history of Palestine, the evolution of the Nakba, the personal narratives of the refugees and the ever expanding Palestinian diaspora.

This archive focuses primarily on the personal narratives of the men and women who directly experienced the destruction of Palestinian civil and political society as well as the ethnic cleansing of 85% of the Palestinian population from the land that became Israel in 1948. Sixty-five years after the beginning of the Nakba, many survivors still live now with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, in dilapidated and densely overcrowded refugee camps in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Those who were not expelled in 1948, or became internally displaced refugees in their homeland, live in Israel as non-Jewish citizens of the Jewish State. Countless others have been scattered throughout the world. Their stories have seldom been recorded, and their experiences and memories of life before, during and since 1948 are rapidly disappearing as the generation of the Nakba ages and dies.

The political repression that began in 1948 persists to this day in an unrelenting cycle of cruelty that connects the past with the present. The policies of ethnic cleansing that were put into operation even before the establishment of the state of Israel, continue to be implemented against the indigenous Palestinian population in the occupied territories. To illustrate this historical continuity of displacement and repression, I have also included in the archive, interviews I conducted with Palestinians who recently experienced home demolitions, land confiscation, deliberate agricultural devastation and forced displacement in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

This archive, along with others like it, will help to preserve a few voices from a neglected generation of Palestinian refugees before their voices are forever silenced. It will also further incorporate the experiences of Palestinian refugees into the broader discourse on political displacement and extended exile. It is my hope that the video archive and documentary film Forgotten Survivors: Memories of a Fading Generation and Portraits of Denial & Desire will enable the narratives of Palestinian refugees to emerge from the shadows of history and will make their personal and collective experiences of dispossession and resilience available for all to reflect on.

A large number of interviews were conducted with Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon, while numerous other interviews were conducted in Palestine and Israel. My objective is to continue recording interviews with Palestinians living in Jordan and Syria, as well as throughout the global Palestinian diaspora. As I conduct additional interviews with Palestinian survivors, I will add them to this archive. If you know Palestinian refugees from the generation of the Nakba as well as their descendants, who would like to record their personal story and add it to this archive, please contact me.

Do'ria Labadi Canaan
Do'ria Labadi Canaan
Haifa

Ahmed Essa Bree'q
Ahmed Essa Bree'q
Kuikat

Zakia Abdel Razek
Zakia Abdel Razek
Jerusalem

Ahmed Ibrahim Rashid Al-Malhi
Ahmed Ibrahim Rashid Al-Malhi
Al-Malha & Shufat
Refugee Camp
Tania Tamari Nasir
Tania Tamari Nasir
Ramallah & Jaffa
Boullous Khoury
Boullous Khoury
Ikrit
Elias Wakeem
Elias Wakim
Al Bassa
(Part 1 - indoor)
Elias Wakeem
Elias Wakim
Al Bassa
(Part 2 - outdoor)
Jamal Kanj
Jamal Kanj
Nahr el-Barid Refugee Camp
Lebanon
Ibrahim Essa (Interview)
Ibrahim Essa
Kafr Bir'im
(Interview)
Ibrahim Essa (Film)
Ibrahim Essa
Kafr Bir'im
(Film)

Hussein Lubanin - Short Segment
Born in El Damoun, Palestine
Lives in Tripoli, Lebanon

Hussein Lubani - Long Segment
Born El Damoun, Palestine
Lives in Tripoli, Lebanon

Umm Aziz - Short Segment
Born in Sheikh Daoud Palestine
Lives in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp, Beirut

Umm Aziz - Long Segment
Born in Sheikh Daoud, Palestine
Lives in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp, Beirut

Hamed Moussa
Born and lives in Deir El Assad, Palestine

Umm Hussein
Born Beirut, Lebanon
Lives Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut

Abu Samir
Born Deir El Assi, Palestine
Lives in Mar Elias Refugee Camp, Beirut

Zeinab Sakallah - Short Segment
Born in Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Zeinab Sakallah - Long Segment
Born in Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Sakar Abu Fakhr
Born in and lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Family from Haifa

Cerine Kattoura
Born and lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Famiy from Nazareth

Dr. Bayan Al Hout
Born in Jerusalem, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Mohammed Khalil
Born in Taybeh, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Edward Kattoura
Born and lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Family from Nazareth

Ali El Yassir
Born Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Nadwa Ibrahim AL Sahar
Born and lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Family from Lubia, Palestine

Abu Rami
Born and lives in Saidon, Lebanon

Abu al Makaram
Born in Haifa, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Fatima El Damissi
Born in and lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Saleh El Damissi
Born and lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut

Wassim El Damissi
Born and lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Umm Saleh
Born and lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Fouad Shehade
Born in Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Ramallah, Palestine

Hatem Mikdadi
Born and lives in Badawi Refugee Camp
Lebanon

Walid Taha
Born and lives in Saida, Lebanon

Raeda Taha - Short Segment
Born In Jerusalem, Palestine
Lives in Ramallah, Palestine

Raeda Taha - Long Segment
Born In Jerusalem, Palestine
Lives in Ramallah, Palestine

Raeda Taha - Third Segment
Born In Jerusalem, Palestine
Lives in Ramallah, Palestine

Shereen Ali Taha
Born In Jerusalem, Palestine
Lives in Amman, Jordan

Umm Nidal
Born in Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Amman, Jordan

Rasha Khalil
Born and lies in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp
Beirut
Family from Kuikat, Palestine

Reem El Nimr - Long Segment
Born in Nablus, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Rowaida Daher-Umm Omar
Born in Shatila
Lives in Borj Al Barajneh Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Sahba El Barbari
Born and lives in Gaza, Palestine

Gaby Jamal
Born and lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Famly from Jaffa

Yasser Abed Rabo
Lives in Ramallah, Palestine

Abu Ghazi-Krayem Niaf Kanj
Born in El Zieb, Palestine
Lives in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp

Abu Ibrahim
Born and lives in Ein Kenya, Palestine

Marwan Abu Alal
Born in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp

Moataz Dejani
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Family from Jerusalem

Amne Gibreal - Director of Palestinian Women's Committee
Beirut, Lebanon

Bassam Hobeishi
Born and lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Family from Akka, Palestine

Umm Raja-Zahra Mohammad Moo'ra
Born in Suhmata, Palestine
Lives in Narh El Bared Refugee Camp

Dr. Ahmed
UNRWA Chief Medical Officer Saidon, Lebanon

Dr. Ahmed Abu Rayya
Born Jabaliya Refugee Camp
Gaza, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Abu Khaled-Mohammad Khaled
Born and lives in Bekaa, Lebanon
Family from Akka, Palestine

Ahmed Hazzouri
Born and lives in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Kassem Al Ainie
Born in Salma, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Leila Hebeishi
Born Akka, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Khairedeine Abuljebain
Born in Jaffa, Palestine

Nader Abuljebain
Born in Kuwait

Ibrahim Warda
Born and lives in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp

Fatima Khaizaran
Born and lives in Beirut, Lebanon
Family from Akka

Samah Omar Sukkar
Born and lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Family from Jaffa, Palestine

Fawzi Kassab
Born and lives in Tyre, Lebanon
Family from Khasa

Evelyn Hanahia Nasser
Born Jerusalem, Palestine
Lives Beirut, Lebanon

Sabah Kassem Al Hamed
Born in Tell El Zaatar Refugee Camp
Lives in Sidon, Lebanon

Umm Attiya-Safia Mohammad El Saleh
Born in Khalsa, Palestine
Lived in Tell El Zaatar Refugee Camp
Lebanon

Ahmed Mounir
Born and lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Sara El Daher
Born and lives in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp
Beirut

Odette Hakim Mrad
Born Jerusalem, Palestine
Live in Beirut, Lebanon

Lily Nasir
Born Birzeit, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Rowaida Hebeichi
Born Akka, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Nasser Bader
Born in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp
Beirut
2012

Dr. Yousef Tamari
Born Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Ali Moustafa rafe'a
Born Deir El Assad, Palestine
Lives in Haifa

Ali'suncle
Born and lives in Deir El Assad, Palestine

Sarah Hashim Fathallah Goudeh
Born Jaffa, Palesine
Lives in Haifa

Nidal Ali Rafe'a
Born in Haifa
Lives in Jerusalem

Umm Ali-Ghalia Hussain Ghandour
Lives in Shatila Refufee Camp
Beirut, Leabnon 2012

Umm Yousef-Shafeia Sadek
Born Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Umm Abed
Born In Ladia, Syria
Family from Jaffa
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Labib Kamhawi
Born in Nablus, Palestine
Lives in Amman, Jordan

Linda Mikhale Enderie
Born in Jaffa, Palestine
Lives in Mar Elias Refugee Camp
Beirut

Abu Tawfik
Hassan Abu Rakabee
Born in Akka, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Abu Jamal-Kamal Ma arouf
Born Deir El Assey
Lives in Shatila
Beirut, Lebanon

Abu Walid-Khaled Taha
Born Saffuria, Palestine
Lives in Saidon, Lebanon

Sahar Sarhan
Director Dar El Sheikhoukha
Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp
Family from Saffad

Nawal
Assistant Director Dar El Sheikhoukha
Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp





Laila Moghrabie
Born Akka Palestine
Lives in Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp
Beirut


Nimr Chaptoun
Born Akka, Palestine
Lives in Borj El Barahjneh Refugee Camp



Kamel Mohammad Ali
Born Safsaf, Palestine
Lives Borj El Barajneh Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon






Abu El Abed-Mohammad Abed El Khader Al Othman
Born Saffuria, Palestine
Lives in Nahr El Bared Refiugee Camp

Fahme Mohammad Mohassen El Sayyed
Born Sa'asa'a, Palestine
Lives in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon


Badria Abed Al Rahman
Born Safad, Palestine
Lives in Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon









Mohammed Omar Deeb
Born in Birwe, Palestine
Lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Abed Allaj Taleb El Solhani
Born El Bassa, Palestine
Lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon

Fathiya Said Khalife
Born in Jaffa Palestine
Lives in Shatila Refugee Camp
Beirut

Samir Salameh
Born in Gaza, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Abu Nimr-Rajeh Khaled Oweis
Born in Mansheia, Palestine
Lives in Wadi Zeina, Lebanon

Abu Munir-Jaber Yousef Ahmed
Born in Souhmatta, Palestine
Lives in Wadi Zeina, Lebanon

Abu El Hakem-Asaad Ma'rouf
Born Deir El Assi, Palestine
Lives in Wadi Zeina, Lebanon

Kassem El Masri
Born Nablus, Palestine
Lives in Beirut, Lebanon

Shalb Moustafa
Born Zook El Tahtani, Palestine
Lives in Borj El Shemali Refugee Camp
Lebanon

Minha Mohammad El Frieh
Born Zook El Tahtani, Palestine
Lives in Borj El Shemali Refugee Camp
Lebanon

Jaber Ateya Yousef
Born Zook El Tahtani, Palestine
Lives in Borj El Shemali
Lebanon

Abedallah Husseing EL Deeb
Born Manshia, Palestine
Lives in Borj El Shemali Refugee Camp
Lebanon

Amna Hebieshi
Born Akka, Palestine
Lives in Amman, Jordan


Fatima Majdouba
Fatima Majdoub
A'mka
Asad Ghanam
As'ad Ghanam
Sha'ab
Professor, Haifa University
Mohammed Kasem Majdouba
Mohammed Kasem Majdoub
A'mka
Jamil Masalme
Jamil Masalme
Silwan
East Jerusalem
Magid Khalil Hanoun
Magid Khalil Hanoun
Sheikh Jarrah
East Jerusalem
Umm Kamel
Umm Kamel
Sheikh Jarrah
East Jerusalem
Mohammed Salah Ahmed
Mohammed Salah Ahmed Taha
Saffurya
Mohammed Amin Bishere
Mohammed Amin Bishere
Saffurya
Rif'a AbdeAllah Al-Kurd
Rif'a AbdeAllah Al-Kurd
Sheikh Jarrah
East Jerusalem
Mohammed Rizik Al-Ashmawi
Mohammed Rizik Al-Ashmawi
Tantura
Muhammed Suliman
Muhammed Suliman
Lifta & A'amari Refugee Camp
Ali Hussein Mustafa Omar
Ali Hussein Mustafa Omar
Al-Malha & A'amari
Refugee Camp
Mourad Ahmed Shafe'
Mourad Ahmed Shafe'
Silwan
East Jerusalem
Jawad Siyam
Jawad Siyam
Silwan
East Jerusalem
Ghaleb Al-Biss
Ghaleb Al-Biss
A'amari Refugee Camp
Maher Hanoun
Maher Hanoun
Sheikh Jarrah
East Jerusalem
Aida Ra'shiq & Umm Ahmed
Aida Ra'shiq & Umm Ahmed
Silwan
East Jerusalem
Amal Al-Kasem
Amal Al-Kasem
Sheikh Jarrah
East Jerusalem

Fakri Abu Diab
Fakri Abu Diab
Silwan
East Jerusalem

Nahed Al-Sabbah
Nahed Al-Sabbah
Sheikh Jarrah
East Jerusalem

Ma'roof Nami Ashkar
Ma'roof Nami Ashkar
Ikrit