Tuesday, January 20, 2009

nadia hijab on the silencing of gaza's music school

Nadia Hijab, a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies, writes in her article 'A Music School Silenced in Gaza' about the severe damage suffered by the six-month-old Gaza Music School, during Israel's aerial bombings of Gaza in late December. The school was founded by the Qattan Foundation which co-financing from the Swedish development agency SIDA.

"In the midst of all the death and destruction in Gaza, the school's short life rouses particular emotion," writes Hijab. "That there was such a school at all is astonishing, not just because of the 18-month siege that followed the decades of 'de-development' of Gaza under Israeli occupation but also because one might expect it to be contrary to an Islamist social program."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for pointing this out - I was at a Qattan Foundation event with Raja Shehada in London not long back. Makes it very real.

gweyman [at] meedan.net