Olive oil is an important export for the Middle East, and an essential part of the region's history and culture.
When the town of al-Kabri fell, the cemetery was bulldozed along with the homes.
By 1992, the depopulated town was described thus: "crumbled walls and stone rubble, overgrown with thorns, weeds, and bushes".
Known as the Star of the East (kawkab el-sharq), Umm Kulthum is the most recognized and celebrated Arab singer. Adored by millions across the Arab world, her music career spanned fifty years (1920 - 1970) and covered religious, nationalist, romantic and poetic compositions.
Israel expropriated hundreds of thousands of acres of Arab-owned land, for "security and settlement purposes." The Arab Israeli community could do little except watch.