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Sands of Sorrow -Depicting the lives of Palestinian refugees soon after Nakba

Posted on March 5, 2007

On the plight of Arab refugees from the Arab-Israeli war. Dorothy Thompson speaks on the refugee problem. Refugees live in tents in the Gaza Strip, are given blankets and food by Egyptian soldiers, and receive flour from UNICEF. A Lebanese priest conducts services. Refugees work as plumbers, carpenters, tailors, and shoemakers in the city of Jerusalem. Doctors vaccinate refugees against disease. Shows the squalid living conditions in refugee camps, starving children, and emphasizes the hopeless condition of the refugees.
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If you can fast forward to 23:30 you will hear this horrible statistic: The greatest battle is against infant mortality. Only one out of five lives longer than 6 months.

This makes my spine shivers.

Salah Mansour
A remarkable old film showing the result in human suffering of miltary occupation, but it never mentioned the fact that the UN, who were pleading for contributions to the relief, were also responsible for the situation. They had helped, with USA and UK backing, set up the State of Israel. Nowhere does it mention Israel or Israels responsibility for the injustice and displacement.
hello everybody about the vedio ha i do not know what i can say i am from palestine and farther my grandfather is refugee to we lived in kuwait untill eraqu war on kuwait but i am not blume sadam hussain nevermind i like him to much anyway i came back to jordan because i do not have right to access palestine
about suffring do not ask me i have a lot of destroy
أنا محمد صابر الشرافي - من شمال قطاع غزة - - أدرس بجامعة الأقصي - ولي رسالة تخرج / بعنوان / إتجاهات طلبة الجامعات نحو إهتمام الإذاعات الخاصة بقضية اللاجئين - فأريد من سيادتكم التكرم بتزويدي بالبحث ودمتم ذخراً للقضية والوطن ***
As i am in a hurry and couldn't watch the video in its entirety, i would like to make the following comments:
1- it merely describes the Nakba as a "human tragedy" as if caused by a natural disaster and not ethnic cleansing.
2- it merely focusses on the relief effort and nothing else. Not on their immediate return.
3- the only positive thing is to document the state of the refugee at the onset of their displacement.

The objective should not have been to bring long term relief such as employment and schooling but to return them to their homes.
it is a very powerful video I am sending it to all my friends. thank you
I recommend this film to many BUT I note that sometimes one cannot connect and twice there is no sound as now at 20.22 BST. Is the site being hacked??
this video for all the world to show then that palistin is aabic and it will stay arabic forever and that the palistinian men and women living a bad life today out of palistine ..... if you cant feel it imagen that you were in palistine in that day .... really every thing will be changed ..... thanx for the video
Thank you so much for the footage let the world see what the Palestinians are going through .
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A very convincing film.Thank you. The death by disease and starvation is so cruel and sad. As the narrator said "Who is my brother's keeper? I am". Exactly right and all of us must never give up on trying to campaign to help the Palestinians.
السلام عليكم انا بعمل دراسه عن مخيمات محافظة بيت لحم وشفت الموقع كثير اعجبني وحاب تزويدي في بعض الصور والافلام الوثائقية وفي اسرع وقت ممكن لاني بدي اسلم البحث في 15ايار من هذا الشهر
A unique documentary that tells the truth unedited unbiased.
Britain perpetuated this criminal holocaust and America is funding and keeping it up. the world as they were indifferet to the jewish suffering have done little to stop this blot on humanity , a shame. Israel has been voted as the worst state int he world. the oppressed has become a worst oppresser, worse than Nazis and the KGB of Russia. I have seen the down fall of brutal regemes and hope this will be the case for Israel and its supporters. Unfortunately in history oppressors are replaced worse oppressors. What can an individual do except write to the press ?
I believe that no one should have to live under those circumstances. Today, that still the case in that part of the world. Why? Because of greed for power and money sometimes discaysing itself as Religion. We are all sons and daughters of one God. But the world is blind by greed. Everyone deserves a chance to live a respectful life. A life with some dignity. Not live like animals without shelter
I urge you to please post this on YouTube and other U.S. video sites so that it can be widely viewed and more people can better understand the plight of the Palestinians. They must realize the true history of the Nakba and the roots of this conflict.
Thank you for posting this. I will circulate it widely. The struggle continues.
Thank you for making this highly accurate account of the Palestinian refugees after 1948. The reality of this tragedy has been kept from the world, especially from Americans. Some other great sources of reality are Edward Said's The Question of Palestine, Father Naim Stiffan Ateek's Justice and Only Justice, Ilan Pappé's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, and Norman Finkelstein's Image and REality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict among many others. But it should be said that many of these refugees struggled valilantly to achieve education and have gone on to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, and resistance leaders. To gain acceptance by the UN, Israel p romised that the refugees would be allowed to return. Better late than never: they should be allowed to return, or UN recognition should be rescinded.
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The world need to know about the suffering of the Palestinian people . They must see the reality that is hidden in America.
It is a touching movie about the destiny of the refugees after the disaster of 1948. It is unbelievable that they and their descendants remains today in the same hopeless situation.
Thank you so much for making this rare footage available.
Israel is a cancer not only harming Palestinians and Arabs but also it will catch up with its creators.
for more information about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 listen to these two lectures of the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, who did extensive research in the military archives of Israel.
great video. who is the council for relief of arab refugees?