- Title: Young Palestinians vlog about historical sites
- Date: 19th August 2021
- Summary: DEIR GHASSANEH, WEST BANK (AUGUST 11,2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ALI ZAMAREH, A YOUNG BOY USING HIS MOBILE TO FILM HISTORICAL SITES, FILMING IN DEIR GHASSANEH ALI AND HIS BROTHER, AHMED ZAMAREH, FILMING WITH A RESIDENT OF DEIR GHASSANEH VARIOUS OF ALI FILMING HISTORICAL SITE ALI FILMING IN THE STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 9-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN VLOGGER, AHMED ZAMAREH, SAYING: "The initiative started when I took a lesson at school about the villages people left from, and we learned about Lifta village. So I wanted to visit it, we were able to visit it, so my brother suggested that we make a video about it. During our visit, I filmed, we wrote the script and we added narration, then we posted it. It was a really nice video and people liked, it so we decided to do video about Jaffa and then we did many more videos."
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2021 13:10
- Keywords: Palestinians blogging children social media tourism
- Location: DEIR GHASSANEH, WESTBANK / LIFTA, JERUSALEM / JERUSALEM / INTERNET
- City: DEIR GHASSANEH, WESTBANK / LIFTA, JERUSALEM / JERUSALEM / INTERNET
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Middle East,Social Media
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQY51ED
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Holding their smartphones and slowly walking through the historical village of Deir Ghassaneh, two Palestinian brothers aged nine and 13, Ahmed and Ali, are busy producing yet another video for their Facebook page 'This is Palestine'.
The idea for the project was born during a school lesson on the village of Lifta, a village now abandoned that Palestinians left or were forced to flee during the 1948 war.
Since then, their vlog has taken both brothers out of the classroom and onto a tour of various historical sites across the Palestinian territories.
The West Bank is scattered with sites holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews, and its mountainous landscape offers breathtaking views from the hills of Hebron and Nablus down to the hypersaline Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
Not only personal interest but also the desire to promote local tourism is driving the boys. After its capture by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, the West Bank has been home to Israeli military bases and checkpoints that restrict Palestinian movement.
Hoping to introduce children who are not able to visit these sites to their history, Ahmed and Ali have now produced about 14 videos.
With the help of their parents, they have gained more than 6000 followers since they launched their vlog in July.
(Production: Roleen Tafakji, Sinan Abu Mayzer, Yosri Al-Jamal, Zainah al-Haroun)
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