the lebanese you meet in 48 & other findings

tabariya late 19th century
tabariya late 19th century
This photograph was taken (with some additional water color over it) sometime in the late 19th century. It is of the Palestinian village of Tabariya (known today as Tiberias in English). It is one of the many villages where Palestinians were expelled from in 1948. Today not a single Palestinian lives in Tabariya. I went there today with my friends. We drove from Nasra (about a thirty minute drive) through the village of Kafr Qana (where, according to Palestinians, Jesus turned water into win; Lebanese say it is in Qana; you decide).

Kafr Qana
Kafr Qana

The above photograph is of Kafr Qana, which was ethnically cleansed, too, but it still has some Palestinians who live there today. After driving through this village we connected to the main highway towards Tabariya. We drove past the Golani Brigades training camp (one of the most terrorist of all the Israeli terrorist military wings). They had some sort of odd scenario on the side of the road showing their “work” as in the photograph below. My friend told me a story of something that happened here at the intersection where that photograph below was taken. Apparently there was a student from Nasra who was driving there and he saw some Golani Brigade terrorists and he killed them with his car; unfortunately, shortly thereafter he was shot by other Israeli Terrorist Forces (ITF) nearby.

golani brigades re-enactment scene
golani brigades re-enactment scene

What might make Palestinians in 1948 so angry that they would want to do such a thing? (One would do better to ask what would make any human so angry as to do such a thing…). Consider the fact that many Palestinians in 1948 are people who live in places that were not there original village. That some people farm the land that they used to own, but now they must work for the Jews who own it. They may not eat from it. They get paid a pittance for working that land. Imagine the land that was stolen from you is now the land you are forced to work on for the very thief who took it from you in the first place. Here is some land in Marj Ibn Amer, for instance (photograph below). This is some of the most fertile land in all of Palesitne, but Palestinians are not allowed to access this land at all.

marj ibn amer
marj ibn amer

These are just some of the noteworthy sites we drove past on our way to Tabariya. When we first approached Tabariya we pulled off to the side of the road where there was a scenic view. I’ve seen a number of these little areas in 1948 and in the West Bank where you can legally park and take photographs. But in every single one I’ve seen there is always some monument to some ITF. At this particular one it was about a couple of ITF whom Hezbollah captured in 2000 I believe (and their remains were returned in 2004).


Interesting that we saw this little bit of Lebanese context as we approached Tabariya because as soon as we parked and started walking around who were the first people we met? Lebanese. The main area of Tabariya that we explored was that exact same area in the photograph I posted at the top of the page. It is the old area where Palestinians used to live. Where you can still see the same structures of the remaining houses, churches, and mosques that remain, that haven’t been demolished by the Israeli Jews. Why are there Lebanese here in Tabariya you might wonder? Well they were in the church and they own a restaurant in downtown Tabariya because they fled here after collaborating with Israeli terrorists who occupied south Lebanon by torturing, killing, jailing Lebanese and Palestinians in Lebanon for the Zionist regime. Apparently the SLA people who came here after Hezbollah liberated most of south Lebanon are not too happy here (they deserve it), though I would prefer it if they had stayed and received the same (or worse) that their counterparts received with respect to some semblance of justice. Traitors deserve far worse for their multiple betrayals.


sla restaurant in tabariya
sla restaurant in tabariya

We spent the rest of the morning walking around Tabariya and had to rely on our knowledge of what, how, where old Palestinian buildings would be found. Mostly by sight. There are no tourist markings for people because they likely don’t want to call attention to these clearly, obviously, unmistakably Palestinian buildings. It is a wonder that they even keep these buildings standing at all. The rest of this blog will be some of the photographs I took today around Tabariya. Please take note of the water level, which has dropped significantly (like the Dead Sea) due to Israeli theft, waste, etc. Also, the pollution is horrendous as well thanks to the Israeli Jews occupying this area. Oh and one more thing about those occupying this land: they tend to write graffiti in Hebrew such as “death to all Arabs” such as on the doors of Palestinian mosques (see below).





"death to arabs"



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