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Nakba Oral History Video Podcast: Interview with Ismail Seif
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Posted on November 2, 2006
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Name Ismail Seif  
إسماعيل سيف
Year of Birth 1927
Interviewed By     Fawwaz Salameh   
Duration 240+ Minutes
Interview Date Oct. 12th, 2006
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Posted by رائد مطر on June 24, 2009 #81230

لكم تمنيننا من ابائنا ومشايخنا وكبار السن ان يدونا لنا تاريخنا وان يصفو لنا حياتهم وكيف طردو من ارضهم لكي يبقى تعلقنا بارضنا وامجادنا موصول وحتى يعرف ابنائنا اننا اصب حق ولن نبيع الارض والشكر موصولا لمعد التقرير ورحم اللة اسماعيل سيف ونرجو عمل مقابلات مع الاب عبد الغني سيف ابرهيم مطر كمال مطر الذي يعرف الكثير عن المسمية وهو موجد في مدينة اربد فنرجو عمل المقابلات معمهم وايضا عبدلله مطر
Posted by إبراهيم نظير سيف on December 7, 2008 #58958

شكر خاص للأستاذ فواز سلامه و إختياره لشخوص موثوق بأقوالهم لأن تاريخ فلسطين و قراها نقش للزمن و أتمنى من الكبار و اللذين عاشوا في القرى أن ينقلوا المعلومة الصحيحة وذكرهم لشيوخ و قادات القرية و كيف كانت تعالج مشاكل القريه ( المسمية ) من الناحية المعيشية و شكراَ
Posted by paliestanian on March 23, 2008 #32536

thanks for this excellent tasks ,its beutiful to see like this history pictures remains in the minds of palestinians children
Posted by محمد سيف on March 21, 2008 #32340

شكرا على هذا الجهد الرائع وجميل ان تبقى صور من التاريخ عالقة في أذهان ابناء فلسطين لتتناقلهاالأجيال
Posted by Abdul Yaghi on February 2, 2007 #13387

Salam: This is an excellent task you take on yourself to document our history, the history of all Arabs: Muhajereen and Ansar. One comment I have, although I know it is a new project. I would like to see the entire website in Arabic so that all Arab and Palestinians can participate an dbenefit and support the project. If it remains in English only, I would suspect only few people can get access to it thus losing our important history of nakba and after. Thank you and may God bless you.