Photo 4

Photo 4

While in Lebanon, Zeinab met Ismail Shammout and her song “The Urgent Call,” featured in his first film, which premiered in 1973. She had written the song in 1970, at 16 years old. An experienced painter and himself a Palestinian exile from Lydd, Shammout had become a leading figure in PLO cultural organizing. Zeinab would record a four-track vinyl record, released by the PLO Cultural Arts Section in 1972. Film reels of The Urgent Call were among items looted by the Zionist military during its invasion of Lebanon. (Photos: Ismail Shammout and Zeinab Shaath during filming, and Zeinab’s record cover.)

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