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For First Time Since 1948, Christmas Tree Lit In Displaced Village
Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies

For the first time since Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine in 1948, and the destruction and displacement of hundreds of villages and towns, a group of Palestinians managed to set up a Christmas Tree in the displaced village of Kufur Birim, in the Galilee.

Four months ago, a group of young Palestinians started sleeping in the village, as part of an extended campaign to affirm their right in their own lands, and recently installed a Christmas tree in the yard of a local church, affirming their Right of Return following 65 years of displacement.

Talking to the Sonara News Agency, Zatam Zahra, a member of one of the displaced families, said that this Christmas tree, the first in 65 years, is a symbol for the Right of Return of all refugees, displaced from their lands, villages and towns.

He added that the tree is also a symbol of hope to the millions of externally displaced refugees living in dozens of refugee camps in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and several Arab countries.

We demand a solution to Kufur Birim refugees, he said, The Right of Return is a right not only to the living, but also to the dead.

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