Assi, 73, says he was expelled with his family from Jaffa when Israel was founded in 1948. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
GAZA CITY, Palestine: Looking out across the Mediterranean, the elderly Gaza fisherman sits on a bench adorned with just one word -- Jaffa.It is one of more than 120 such brightly colored concrete seats that line the Gaza seafront, each marked with the name of a town or village in Palestine, before Israel's creation in 1948 .Like many of Gaza's 1.3 million refugees, Assi, 73, visits the coastal benches regularly, as an emotional link to the towns their families left behind or were forced to leave.Although Assi left Jaffa nearly seven decades ago as a child, he still regards it as "home".In the early 1970s, when times were more peaceful and Gaza wasn't sealed off from Israel by checkpoints, blast walls and razor wire, Gaza fisherman Assi was able to travel the 60 kilometers up the Mediterranean coast to visit Jaffa and see his birthplace.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE