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In 1971, two months after Nidal was born, his father was deported to Jordan, although he has never been involved in violent activities – he was fighting for the solution of two states for two peoples.

The expulsion imposed on the young family a unique style of managing family life: despite the distance and difficulty, Nidal's mother and father raised ten children together - but separately: Five children in Palestine, five children in Jordan. Every so often the mother was going to visit her husband in Jordan and stayed there for short periods. The father's lifelong dream was to return to the land where he was born, but he died in Jordan three years ago. To date, the brothers of Nidal are scattered among different countries. Nidal says he will live and die in Nablus, where he lives, and will never leave.

Ola and Nidal had been married for over 16 years. When Ola was with her first pregnancy, the second intifada broke out. While in labor, she and Nidal went out to their home yard on the way to the hospital. But the plan went awry when the soldiers spotted the pair and turned toward the couple drawn guns. The soldiers demanded them to go back inside, to give birth in the house.

Nidal was ready to fulfil the command which suddenly struck them. He even made the home ready for the birth. But Ola firmly refused.  That way, with a huge belly, they escaped through the back door. The evasion, climbing fences and trees, marching on foot to the hospital while she had frequent contractions - both figuratively describe, without anger. At the end of the stubborn journey, their daughter, Aya, was born in the hospital.

After all this, they are with us in Combatants for Peace. Nidal says that the only way to peace leads through personal encounters. He just wants his children to meet Israelis, not only soldiers. After a complex and difficult childhood – he wants his children to meet a different Israeli reality.

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