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  1. Zugzwang
    08 Jun '07
    16 Aug '18 18:55

    "You've got mail, finally: Israel allows 10 tonnes of post into West Bank.
    Palestinian postal staff begin sorting mail prevented from entering for
    up to eight years."

    "Israeli occupying forces have allowed 10 tonnes of mail to be handed
    to Palestinian postal workers after preventing the letters and parcels
    from entering the West Bank for up to eight years."

    "The undelivered mail was being sifted through in a sorting office in Jericho
    and included family photographs and personal letters as well as medicine
    and a wheelchair. Some packages had been marked as recorded delivery.

    A 2016 agreement that allowed Palestinians living under occupation to
    receive mail directly from Jordan – rather than through Israel – for the
    first time was never fully enacted. Israel let this shipment through in a
    one-time deal, officials said."

    "Mousa said the [Israeli] delays had cost Palestinian postal system thousands
    of dollars, pointing to high customs charges and hard-to-obtain permits.
    Some of the goods now being delivered were broken, he added, and
    postal staff were attaching notes to the deliveries to say Israeli authorities
    had released them in a damaged state."

    "All entrances and exits to the West Bank, including to and from Jordan,
    are controlled by Israel, damaging the economy and restricting the freedom
    of movement for Palestinians."

    "A note attached to the undelivered wheelchair said it was sent from Turkey
    three years ago and destined for Gaza. Geographically disconnected from
    the West Bank, a 10-year blockade by Israel means essential goods
    including fuel are often prevented from entering Gaza. Many people
    living there have never left."
  2. Zugzwang
    08 Jun '07
    16 Aug '18 19:00
    More about Israel's war against Palestinian culture.

    "UK playwrights condemn bombing of Gaza theatre
    Caryl Churchill and National Theatre director bemoan ‘devastating loss’ after Israeli strike"

    "Leading playwrights and directors in Britain have severely criticised the bombing of a
    major cultural centre in the Gaza Strip by Israel’s air force, calling it a “devastating loss
    for the already isolated community”"

    "The centre was seen as a cultural landmark in Gaza, holding a theatre, a library and
    offices for artistic associations. It was also used as a recreation centre for children
    affected by the three wars waged between Israel and Hamas during the past decade.
    Artists working at the centre strongly denied Israeli claims of any Hamas military use."

    This may encourage more people to support a cultural boycott of Israel.
  3. Zugzwang
    08 Jun '07
    16 Aug '18 19:03

    "We condemn the destruction of Gaza cultural centre in Israeli airstrike.
    Fourteen leading playwrights and theatre directors, including Mike Bartlett, Caryl Churchill,
    Vicky Featherstone and Rufus Norris, describe the great rage and deep pain of their
    Palestinian friends and colleagues."

    "As theatre practitioners who have worked closely with Palestinian artists, we write to
    condemn the bombing and total destruction of the Said Al-Mishal Cultural Centre in Gaza
    on 9 August by an Israeli airstrike. We support our dear friends and colleagues who describe
    their great rage and deep pain at the obliteration of this symbol of Palestinian culture
    and identity as they mourn the destruction of one of the few large venues for theatre
    and music performances in besieged Gaza.

    Since its establishment in 2004, Al-Mishal served as a home for hundreds of plays,
    ceremonies, exhibits, musical performances and national ceremonies. It was the venue
    of choice for theatre companies in Gaza and a space for Gaza’s top musical acts.
    The centre also included recreational activities for children who were affected by three
    successive wars in Gaza, including the first dabkeh school for 250 children. It is a
    devastating loss for the already isolated community.

    We are deeply shocked that this act of destruction has not been widely reported in the British press.
    We support all efforts to continue Al-Mishal’s mission and the campaign for the centre’s
    reconstruction. We urge the UK government and the international community to take
    prompt and effective steps to seek a de-escalation of the situation in Gaza, to insist on
    the effective protection of civilians as a prime legal obligation and to take firm action to
    ensure that violations of international law are not tolerated."

    --Mike Bartlett Playwright, Jonathan Chadwick Director and playwright, Caryl Churchill Playwright,
    EV Crowe Playwright, April De Angelis Playwright, Elyse Dodgson International director,
    Royal Court Theatre, Vicky Featherstone Artistic director, Royal Court Theatre, David Greig Playwright,
    artistic director, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Stephen Jeffreys Playwright, Phyllida Lloyd Director,
    Rufus Norris Director, National Theatre, Penelope Skinner Playwright, Richard Twyman,
    Artistic director, English Touring Theatre, Sacha Wares Director