June 4, 2023

“When Israel occupied Palestine in 1948, our ancestors have been compelled to go away the nation and ended up in refugee camps,” says Ghassan el-Shuli, who grew up within the Rashidiya camp, Lebanon’s second largest Palestinian refugee camp. “We’re not allowed to return to our nation and as refugees in Lebanon now we have no rights.”

On Might 15, Palestinians marked the seventy fifth anniversary of the Nakba, or “disaster” that compelled them to mass displacement and dispossession of what grew to become Israel in 1948. sooner or later’s return to the place that was taken from them.

“I’ve been a refugee within the camps in southern Lebanon for 75 years,” Hassan says. He notes that life within the camp looks like fixed oppression. “Palestinians are prohibited from working in most jobs in Lebanon … about 90 jobs, together with medication, regulation and journalism,” he says, including, “and we’re at all times underneath the specter of bombing.”

With the Gaza Strip just lately hit by yet one more bombardment by Israeli forces, this yr’s Nakba celebrations raised extra safety issues than ordinary for Palestinians in camps in Lebanon, leading to Ghassan and his household being unable to attend the annual march to the Israeli-Lebanese border. However it doesn’t matter what, their willpower evokes them to adapt their traditions to the circumstances. “We’re organizing a march contained in the camp,” he says.

On this Shut Up episode, you will see Hassan and his household breaking with custom regardless of refusing to surrender their dream of freedom.




Producer: Antonia Perello


EDITOR: Zeina Abol Hosn

ADDITIONAL EDITORS: Antonia Perello, Katherine Hallinan

OPERATOR: George Azar

DRON: Dave Enders

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