A new 19-minute video from Sunday’s Nakba march in Lebanon shows emotional scenes from the day.
People chat with wide smiles on their faces as they ride in buses to south Lebanon. Along the way, a woman poses in front of a tank in the liberated south. Others are photographed in front of a road sign that says “Palestine, two kilometers” and points travelers in the right direction.
Towards the beginning of the video, a man overlooking the valley asks, “Where is Palestine from here?” and a woman points it out to him. In another scene, a man gestures to various locations in Palestine.
Youth joyfully run to the border to see their homeland — for many of them, it is the first time they see Palestine with their own eyes. Lebanese army soldiers try to prevent them, chasing and grabbing some of them.
There are some vox pop interviews in the video as well.
A man off-camera asks a Palestinian man living in Lebanon:
“Is today important?”
“Yes, it’s good. Very important.”
“After? I want to enter Palestine and, God willing, stay there.”
The video — accompanied by a soundtrack of Marcel Khalife and Julia Butros’ “Wayn al-Malayeen,” which Moe Ali Nayel referenced in his article for EI about the march — shows youth throwing stones toward the border, undeterred by gunfire. Flags and kuffiyehs are hung from the barbed wire fence and a group of men pray along the border, while other scenes show medical personnel tending to the injured.