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Majd al-Kurum - مجد الكروم : An Olive Branch - A movie about a Palestinian refugees' (Dr. Khaled Diab) experience being ethnically cleansed out of his home. Directed & Produced by Diana Ellis

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Posted on January 14, 2007
5 min 46 sec
Diana Ellis
If intolerance is mercilessness, Dr. Khaled Diab has been victimized by it. If it is impatience, he has practiced it. If tolerance is acceptance, Dr. Diab has benefited from it. If it is forgiveness, he has demonstrated it. Khaled Diab's story has inspired many to examine their own prejudices, and to work toward understanding and acceptance of those they once considered enemies. Jews, Moslems and Christians, Americans, Israelis and Palestinians, have enthusiastically embraced his cause.

Khaled Diab was 21 years old in 1948 when the UN partitioned Palestine. His plans to obtain an advanced degree in London were derailed when he was forced to flee his homeland after his village was overrun by Israeli fighters. He became a refugee with responsibility for raising young family members. Dr. Diab eventually made it to the United States, where he earned advanced degrees and worked in the electronics and defense industries. Love of country and sadness for the hardship experienced by all residents of the Holy Land inspired him to found the Olive Trees Foundation for Peace, bringing hope and prosperity to poor and discouraged people in both Israel and Palestine. Christians, Jews, and Moslems work together to plant olive trees in an effort to fortify the land and their bond as human beings. In addition to being a symbol of reconciliation, the olive tree provides sustenance for generations to come.

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Posted by Eileen Fleming on February 21, 2007 #14031

After 9/11, I wanted to learn why did a few-and back then it was but a few-people in the world hated Americans so much that they could cold bloodedly murder innocent people. I also wanted to do good and was led to Dr. Diab and The Olive Tree's Foundation for Peace organization. I accompanied Dr. Diab on my first-of four, so far-journey's into Israel Palestine in June 2005 to visit some of the communities where the OTFFP had provided trees of peace. After visiting with Dr. Diab during 7 months of Tuesday afternoons, I wrote an imaginative retelling of his actual memories in "KEEP HOPE ALIVE" Which is available through your local bookstore, favorite online site and thru the publisher which can be accessed through the book cover on my website: 100% of ALL ROYALTIES to me are being donated to the OTFFP until Dr. Diab's dream of one million trees of peace are rooted in Israel Palestine becomes reality.