Thousands of people today converged on Soraya, site of the Gaza Central prison destroyed during the November 2012 Israeli offensive, and now the site to celebrate the indomitable spirit of Palestinians held in Israeli jails.
April 17th was designated Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day by the Palestinian National Council in 1974. It also marks the assassinations of two Palestinian political leaders – Fateh leader Khalil Al Wazir on 16 April 1988 and Dr Abdul-Aziz Al Rantisi of Hamas on 17 April 2004.
Members of all factions and none gathered to hear speeches, view exhibits of handcrafts and photos produced by prisoners in Israeli jails, and later to march on the International Committee for the Red Cross. (more…)
Palestinian Minister of Sports, Youth, and Culture Mohammed Al-Madhoun, along with local writers and intellectuals, this evening welcomed a delegation of writers from Egypt, who will be in Gaza for the next four days.
Speaking at a cultural event at Al Mashtal Hotel at which some of the six Egyptians and several Palestinians performed their works, Al-Madhoun noted that the visitors will rebuild bridges between the intellectuals of Egypt and Gaza.
One of the delegation, Abdul Al-Rahman Yousef, informed the audience that when the delegation was told that because of the current Israeli attacks on Gaza it is not safe to travel here, they responded that they [the Egyptian delegation] are no more important than those who die here, so they will come and die with them.
Another added that when he arrived, he was surprised by the resolve of the Palestinian people. “I am here to learn from the heroes of Gaza, who write history with their blood,” he said.
Palestinian poet Abel Al-Khaled Al- A’f launched the cultural segment of the evening with a poem he wrote after Abu Mazen’s speech giving up his right of return, in which he wrote that Safed now does not want him.
Two Palestinian women poets gave impassioned and inspired performances, one of Alaa al-Katrawy can be seen below – it is only in Arabic, sorry!
Translation at event by Fatma Al-Hasham