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The epic story of a 97-year-old Palestinian freedom fighter

Born in 1921, Abu Nihad remembers the toughest battles against Zionist militias after the British left Palestine.

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Abu Nihad holds a picture of himself as a young man preparing to fight for his homeland [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

Sur Baher, occupied East Jerusalem – In the village he defended from Zionist militias 70 years ago, Muhammad Mahmoud Jadallah is celebrated as a “blessing”.

Born in 1921, the 97-year-old, known as Abu Nihad, witnessed the unfolding of what has been dubbed by some as “the world’s most intractable conflict”.

He is one of the few Palestinian men who fought against Zionist gangs in 1948 and is alive today to tell the tale.

Sitting on a sofa in his humble home in Sur Baher, a town on the southeastern edges of Jerusalem, Abu Nihad recounts his memories with impressive detail.

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