Israel has killed 45 writers and artists in Gaza since Oct. 7 – PCBS

UNRWA School in GAZA
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GAZA – On Wednesday, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) and the Palestinian Ministry of Culture revealed that 45 writers, artists, and cultural heritage activists have been killed since the start of the Israeli occupation’s war on the Gaza Strip on October 7, 2023.اضافة اعلان

According to a joint statement released today, the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip resulted in the destruction of approximately 32 cultural centers and institutions, as well as 12 museums. Additionally, more than 2,100 pieces of clothing and embroidered items were lost, and around 27 murals were destroyed. Furthermore, Quds Press reported that over eight publishing houses and printing presses were targeted.

The impact extended to media and artistic production studios, with three companies affected. Nine public libraries, four religious sites, and 219 mosques were destroyed entirely, while 287 mosques suffered partial damage. In addition, three churches, 195 historical buildings, nine archaeological sites, and 19 universities and colleges were also affected.

In the West Bank, Israeli policies have led to the suspension of many cultural activities due to repeated invasions and various massacres committed in different areas. For instance, the Soap Festival in Nablus, scheduled for April, was canceled as part of the Ministry of Culture’s preparations to register Nablus soap on the World Heritage List. Similarly, all celebrations related to National Heritage Day were also canceled.

The statement further highlights that Palestinian institutions and associations in occupied Jerusalem have faced attempts at dismantling. For example, the Palestinian National Theatre (or Al-Hakawati Theatre) has been affected. Meanwhile, Israeli authorities are actively working to render these associations ineffective and completely halt their activities, using restrictive administrative and legal measures.

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