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Gaza Cultural Heritage Destroyed by Bombing

by | Nov 30, 2023 | News

 

Gaza Public Library has been destroyed by Israeli bombing.  Despite the destruction it is almost possible to make out individual book titles.  The news site Literary Hub which specialises in news about the book world said: “The targeted destruction of Gaza’s primary public library is a stark reminder that genocide is about more than just the premeditated mass extinguishing of human life; it’s also about the calculated, and often vindictive, destruction of a people’s culture, language, history, and shared sites of community.”

 

Municipal authorities in Gaza have called for the intervention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) to “intervene and protect cultural centres and condemn the occupation’s targeting of these humanitarian facilities protected under international humanitarian law”.

 

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor observed: “Various cultural institutions have also been targeted by Israeli attacks, including at least six cultural centres and five bookstores which are now destroyed; most notably, these are the Orthodox Cultural Centre, Al-Qarara Cultural Museum (which was built in 1958), and the Rafah Museum.”

 

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