Palestinian children play in the Amari refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 8, 2018. AFP / ABBAS MOMANI
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Thaer Sharkawi, 31, has never visited the place he calls home.Like Sharkawi, most have never seen their historic homes, many of which were destroyed by Israel.However, as they mark seven decades since that mass displacement on May 15, Palestinian refugees are determined to maintain connections to the land they still want to return to.Palestinians, however, see the issue as essential, and refugees have passed on memories from generation to generation.Every week for the past five years Fahmawi, an Israeli citizen whose Palestinian family remained inside the land that became Israel, has filmed an abandoned village or area and has posted it on his Facebook page for Palestinians across the world to see.Shayma Abeed, 16, has known nothing but Gaza, yet she holds up the key to her grandfather's house in Al-Jiyya, a town 19 kilometers north of the Palestinian enclave and which was emptied in 1948 .
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