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Nakba Oral History Podcast: Interview with Dr. Omar 'Atalah
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Posted on November 12, 2005
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Name Dr. Omar 'Atalah  
الدكتور عمر عطاالله
Year of Birth 1938
Interviewed By     Ghazi al-Lahham   
Duration 160+ Minutes
Interview Date Oct. 27, 2004
During the interview, a collection of old documents were scanned and they can be viewed by clicking here.

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Posted by HANI on January 13, 2010 #100694

جزيل الشكر لابن عمي الاستاذ عمر على المعلومات القيمة عن بلدنا الحبيبة المغتصبة ساريس وادعو الله ان نعود الى ترابها او نتدفن جثثنا فيها .....
Posted by Abu Jameel on August 19, 2008 #49576

Thank you for your effort and many thanks to Dr. Omar
I second what Dr Omar stated..There is no alternative to Alaoudah to Saris.

Long live Palestine...Saris will be always remembered for many generations.
Posted by Mahmoud Hammad on May 14, 2008 #37927

There are no words that can describe how I feel, and I just want to deeply thank who ever worked on this and helped deliver such a great and wonderful information and memories to all the famillies and people of Palestine. LONG LIVE PALESTINE..... WE SHALL RETURN
Posted by Lana Kalis on August 2, 2007 #18763

Dear Said, my name is Lana Kalis and I would like to get involved with your project. I have family in Jordan, US, Germany and Australia. We are a Roman Catholic family from the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Please let me know what I can do to get involved. Kind regards, Salamat. Lana