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Is Israel committing a “cultural genocide” on Gaza?

“Israel is erasing our Palestinian memory.”

The destruction of historic and cultural sites in Gaza has been cited as evidence in South Africa’s case to the International Court of Justice that Israel is committing acts of genocide.

Since 7 October, Israel has damaged or destroyed more than 200 heritage sites in Gaza. These include mosques, churches, libraries, museums and archaeological sites. Some date back 4,000 years.

Since Israel’s establishment in 1948, Palestinian culture and heritage have been targeted. Entire mosques, villages, and cemeteries were erased as 750,000 Palestinians were violently driven out of their homes in what is known as the Nakba or “catastrophe”.
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