BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- He stepped into the village of his great-grandfathers for the first time in his life on his wedding day, the 66th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba.
Imad al-Din Younis Rumman insisted on taking his bride, Rana Assi, in her white wedding dress to the village of Suba that his great-grandfathers were expelled from more than six decades before by Zionist militias.
Rumman, however, does not have a permit to enter Jerusalem.
Luckily for him, however, when the Israeli soldiers saw him in a groom's tuxedo with his bride in her white dress sitting beside him in a car with an Israeli plate that they borrowed, they did not bother to search for permits.
From the checkpoint, the soon-to-be newlyweds passed easily on to Suba, a village to the west of Jerusalem near al-Qastal. Once famous for its nearby crusader castle, today the village is just a hill with a few destroyed houses, overrun with grass and wildflowers, overlooking a nearby Jewish planned town.
The couple stood in the village between the few decrepit homes, where Imad told his bride the stories he had grown up hearing about the village growing up. They both could not help but let tears down, especially as the bride recounted the tales of her family's own "displaced" village, Deir Tarif, which she has never been to.
Rumman told Ma'an that he is proud of what he had done to reach Suba, for the trip was a dream come true.
Despite all this sadness, he said, he still hopes to return to Suba one day to rebuilt his father's old house and to work on his land.
Rumman promised his bride that the next visit to the village would be with their future son or daughter, who they agreed would carry the name of the village.