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The returnees

Countless Palestinians were forced to leave their homes after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. What Jewish Israelis celebrate as their declaration of independence, Palestinians call "Nakba" - catastrophe. Today they hope to one day rebuild their villages.

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You can't find Iqrit on maps of Israel today. Up to 1948, the place was a Palestinian Christian village located in northern Galilee. But after Israel won its war for independence, the villagers had to leave. Their homes were destroyed and the land confiscated. The former residents are still not allowed to move back even though there have been several court decisions saying they are entitled to rebuild. The church is the only building that was not demolished and is still being used to celebrate mass. On major religious holidays, around one hundred villagers come back to attend services in the dilapidated church. Their longing for their former home remains, and is being passed down from generation to generation. After decades of legal and political wrangling, the third generation is convinced they will be allowed to go home one day.