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Israeli war adds scars to Palestinian psyche

Activists see Israel’s bombing of cultural centers, bookstores and other cultural institutions in the Gaza Strip, as well as the killing of a 17-year-old in a refugee camp in the West Bank, as an attempt to obliterate Palestine’s cultural identity.
Samir Mansour and bookstore ruins

On May 17, the Israeli army killed 17-year-old Obaidah Akram Abdel-Rahman Jawabreh, who was shot dead with a bullet to his heart in clashes with Palestinians that erupted in Al-Aroub refugee camp in the southern West Bank along the Hebron-Jerusalem road.

Jawabreh had appeared in a 2019 documentary prepared by the Defense for Children International - Palestine on children imprisoned by Israel. Human rights activists said the killing amounted to a targeting of Palestinian culture and children.

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