Destroying Palestinian Jerusalem – Yara Hawari describes the vital — and increasingly threatened — role Jerusalem has played in shaping Palestinian identity

By Yara Hawari

[This article was published by Al-Shabaka in October, several months before Israeli state forces on Friday attacked Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa mosque and throughout the city and went on to conduct deadly air raids on Gaza.]

On July 22, 2020, Israeli police raided and looted the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, the Yaboos Cultural Centre, and the Shafaq Cultural Network in East Jerusalem. Their offices were ransacked, documents and files were taken, and computers, laptops, and phones were confiscated. All three directors, Suhail Khoury, Rania Elias, and Daoud Ghoul, were arrested and taken from their homes, which were also raided. Khoury and Elias were held for one day in Israeli detention, while Ghoul spent two weeks incarcerated and interrogated in Moskobiye prison….

Inside the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Aseel zm, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

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