Ghousoon Bisharat & Thomas Dallal
Mondoweiss / September 6, 2022
It has been over 70 years since he was expelled as a boy, but Yacoub Ahmad Odeh is still determined to return to Lifta.
Yacoub Ahmad Odeh was eight years old when he was expelled from Lifta during the Palestinian Nakba of 1948. Today he lives in East Jerusalem, only a few kilometers from Lifta, but he is banned from living his home village by Israel. Still, over 70 years later, he is still determined to return to Lifta and is helping lead the fight against Israeli plans to turn Lifta into a Jewish neighborhood of West Jerusalem.
As told to producer/director Ghousoon Bisharat and cinematographer/editor Thomas Dallal.
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Shu al-Qusa/What’s the Story is a video series by Ghousoon Bisharat and Thomas Dallal that illuminates Palestinian life and politics through intimate first person interviews with Palestinians. View the series here.
Ghousoon Bisharat is an experienced journalist and producer, as well as a strategic communications and international cooperation expert
Thomas Dallal is an award-winning photojournalist and cinematographer currently based in Haifa