Video: “This land is our child”

Khadra Muhammad Hasan al-Zuwaidi, 85, was born in the Palestinian village of Dimra.

Dimra was a village in historic Palestine that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist paramilitary forces in 1948 and partially replaced with the Erez Kibbutz, a type of colony.

Part of Dimra fell into the perimeter of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, and the other, larger part of the village fell under Israeli control outside the besieged territory, according to al-Zuwaidi.

“We left Dimra with gunshots behind us,” al-Zuwaidi told The Electronic Intifada.

“We were happy. The Zionists came and inflicted a catastrophe. They left us no land, they left us no gardens or fields.”

Al-Zuwaidi married a Palestinian man from Beit Hanoun and stayed there.

“The earth used to give us baskets of produce,” she said. “No longer.”

In the video, al-Zuwaidi can see her land across the boundaries of the Gaza Strip, but cannot go there.

“If we attempt to go now, we’d get shot.”

Al-Zuwaidi said villagers mourn the land “the same way we mourn a child in a grave.”

Video by Nebal Hijo, Ahmed Abu Kmail, Ibrahim Ramadan, Nour Zakkout and Khalil Abu Shammala.