Despite the throng of daily events in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and the occupation of families there to defend themselves and their homes against attacks by police and Israeli settlers, Gaza is present daily in the activities of the neighborhood since the start of the last attack on her on May 10.
In the main street that divides Sheikh Jarrah into two parts, a sign is installed at the entrance to the western part that says “WE LOVE YOU GAZA”, and turning left to the eastern part of the neighborhood, the visitor will face military police checkpoints that will prevent him from entering, but they did not prevent the besieged residents from opening a symbolic “Samir Mansour” library which was destroyed in the airstrikes on the Kahil building in Gaza on the 18th of this month. Read also The Hundred Years War Against Palestine … The History of Colonialism and Settler Resistance (1917 – 2017) The militarization of the Bible between Israel and the United States. How the occupation uses the “Book of Joshua” to eat away at Palestinian land? A hollow land .. the dynamics of the Israeli colony and the upheaval of the Palestinian geography in preparation for its swallowing
In the yard of the al-Kurd family, who are threatened with eviction from their home for the benefit of the settlers who have seized half of the house so far, the library has been opened under the slogan “From Jerusalem here, Gaza ”, and by far included dozens of books, and locals say they plan to expand and install it.
Young Muhammad al-Kurd from Karam al-Jaouni neighborhood in Sheikh Jarrah, threatened with eviction, said the symbolism of opening the library in the neighborhood does not stem from the idea of restoring a library that was being destroyed in besieged Gaza, but also to penetrate the colonial barriers and imaginary geographies created by the occupation, and the claim that the Palestinians are one people in all their places.
Regarding the interaction with the symbolic opening of the “Samir Mansour” library in the besieged neighborhood of Jerusalem, the Kurds referred to the rush of book donors to the library, which now contains revolutionary books, poetry, Palestinian literature and literature by writers from neighboring countries. .
The Kurds have stressed the importance of addressing the fact that the destruction of libraries in Gaza during the recent war has confirmed in our minds the quality of the regimes that combat books and libraries, and that it is necessary that people link historically unjust empires to the Zionist Empire we consent to under its occupation and target the cultural sector with all its might.
Although teams from the occupation municipality, police and settlers resorted to sabotaging all daily activities in the neighborhood, erasing murals, confiscating banners and preventing the entry of journalists to cover the activities, the Kurds have confirmed that the library will expand and people are trying to set it up permanently.
The Kurds were remembered in 2010, when Rachel Corrie Park was opened to Sheikh Jarrah – an American citizen who was killed by an occupation bulldozer during her solidarity against the demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah in the Gaza Strip – and within weeks all the contents of the garden were stolen from children’s games and families were attacked at the time.<! - wp: quote ->
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After Israeli airstrikes demolished @samirbookshop in Gaza, Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah opened their own Samir Mansour bookstore.
Such an act underscores the unity of the occupied people pic.twitter.com/6jzFgHS6MA
– Sweet (@LinahAlsaafin) May 26, 2021
The young man expects the library to suffer the same fate now, but confirms that the message has been received “by thanking the people of Sheikh Jarrah to the people of Gaza for their steadfastness and affirming that we are one the only people despite the barriers and the blockade. “
The founder and owner of the destroyed library, Samir Mansour, told Al-Jazeera Net that he opened his library in 2000, but since 1980 he has been working with his father in the printing and printing business. books, noting that its library is complete with 100,000 books from all religious, cultural, literary, political and economic disciplines, in addition to children’s stories.
Mansour is the only publisher in the Arab world who has the privilege and rights to print the Quran from the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and its library is the only one that publishes for Palestinian writers in Gaza of all skill levels, beginners, intermediates and advanced De la Bande, hard won because of the blockade.
Targeting the cultural sector
Mansour assured Al-Jazeera Net that he was not targeted personally because he did not belong to any political organization, and his library does not contain books that promote hatred, and therefore target them with bombardments is part of the fight against the cultural sector in Gaza. .
Regarding the symbolism of the opening of a branch of his library in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which is threatened with eviction for the benefit of the settlers in Jerusalem, Mr. Mansour said: & lt; & lt; I was very satisfied with this initiative and felt that they felt the depth of the injustice and the damage that has been inflicted on me, and that there are those who are trying to save and save me. support, even on a moral level. “
The fiftieth intellectual claims that the material losses for the destruction of his library are estimated at 700 thousand dollars, but the most dangerous and the most difficult of these losses is the loss of the machines and devices that contain the archives, contracts with authors and other important documents. that the library and publishing house have had for decades.< figure class = " wp - block - image " id = " attachment _4582430">< img src = " https : // www . aljazeera . net / wp - content / uploads / 2021/05/98 ي -5. jpg ? w = 770 & amp ; resize = 770% 2 C 513 " alt =" " class =" wp - image -4582430 "/> figure >
Mansour concluded his speech by saying that his destroyed library is two kilometers from his place of residence and that he read on the information tape about Al-Jazeera on May 18 the news that the planes of occupation fired a warning missile at the Kahil building.
Mansour ran towards the scene and saw the back of the building collapse, and a few minutes later another missile was fired and the front part that housed his library collapsed in front of him. p >
It should be noted that the Samir Mansour Library is one of the most important and largest libraries in Gaza and is located on Al-Thalathini Street, which includes the three most important universities in Gaza , namely Al-Azhar, Al-Aqsa and Islamic University.
This street is considered a major corridor for students and university professors, and the library is frequented by many writers, novelists and young intellectuals from Gaza.
Novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah was among those who interacted with the reopening of the destroyed library in Jerusalem and wrote: “I don’t know what happened to you in Gaza, but I assure you. Life.