The Story

On October 1948, the Israeli Army marched into the Palestinian village of Eilabun (Eilaboun). Thirteen men from the village, who had been hiding with the rest of the village in two churches, were massacred. The rest of the village men were taken as prisoners of war. The women, children and the old were marched out of the village to Lebanon, where they became refugees, and returned to their village after few months.

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When it all began in EilabunThe day Eilabun fell

"In the morning of Saturday 30 October, between 0500 and 0600 hrs (local time) the Jewish troops entered the village, the inhabitants of which (Christian Arabs) immediately surrendered. After a hasty assembling of the population, as ordered by the Israeli forces, the Jews selected among the gathered people, 13 inhabitants (men of military age) and shot them dead, while a few others (about a score) were taken prisoners. The remainder of the population was told to evacuate instantly the village and go in direction of MAGHAR."
From the UN Truce Supervision Observers (UNTSO) Report
By Lt. Colonel Sore (French Army)

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The ExpulsionA forced march to Lebanon

"On October 31 1948 Captain Zeuty, Safad observer met near Meiron women and children who had been expelled from Eilabun. Those poor people told that they had been pushed out their Village and pursued towards a frontier. No men were left with them: Some had been shot the others kidnapped."
From the UN Truce Supervision Observers (UNTSO) Report
By Captain Zeuty (USA Army)

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In the Refuge Away from home and loved ones

Scattered across Lebanon feeling the Humiliation of being a refugee, being hungry, being sad did not stop their hope to return back home to their village, to their stolen Palestine. They had to live as refugees, Luckily for only few months, a life we still see today in many places in the world. Live in tents, to be hungry and to be separated from your family.

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In the P.O.W CampsSix months in the prisoners of war camps

"The Arab men were then taken, by forced march and vehicle to a Jewish concentration camp at NAHLAL. The Arab men were held at NAHAL for two days without food or shelter. There were reported cases of maltreatment of Arabs by the Jewish guards at NAHLAL. Arab men held at NAHLAL were robbed of money and valuables by Jewish guards."
From the UN Truce Supervision Observers (UNTSO) Report
By Lt. Colonel Sore (French Army)

After spending two days in NAHLAL, the men were transferred to several P.O.W camps, and stayed prisoners for six months.

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The Return Returned to a looted village

Their return was almost as hard as their march to Lebanon. They returned in small groups and during the night afraid to be caught or shot at. Some were caught and sent back. Others remember spending Christmas Eve in the wilderness. But they were determent to return, and most of them did. Only few remained in Lebanon.

When they finally returned to their village, they scarcely recognized it. Everything of value had been looted. What the soldiers could not carry off they destroyed. Their returned to a very hard life, they had no food, no work and lived under military rule until 1966.

Clips from the film

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I am trying for years to finish the documentary 'When it All Began', that is a long version of my short documentary 'The Sons of Eilaboun'. Because of the lack of funding, and lack of support from film funds or any other organization (at least until now), I fund the film myself and perform most of the tasks needed myself, including the animations needed for the film (please see the clips in the trailer section), and purchasing archive footage. The progress is slow and energy consuming, but I will never give up and will go on until I finish this film, because I think this film is very important, and the story should be told in full.

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