Israeli occupation repeatedly targets martyrs' memorial

Nablus- It is as if the Israeli occupation, by killing our colleague Sherine Abu Akla, did not satisfy her latent hatred and satiate her vengeful instincts, so it dedicated a building to the site of her martyrdom and a building in the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank. Targeted. That place was built for him when it became a place of pilgrimage, visited by people from all over the world, to see up close the crimes and cruelty of the occupation, which lasted for a long time. In addition, there are monuments and memorials to the martyrs in cities, camps, and villages throughout the West Bank.

After targeting people, trees and stones in its incursions into the Palestinian territories, monuments built by Palestinians to commemorate their martyrs and glorify their heroism have become targets of the occupation Bank and its military bulldozers, who Dozens of them have been destroyed. , in a violation that exposed the occupation's latent hatred for everything Palestinian.

The occupation twice targeted the Shirin monument at the north-western entrance of the Jenin refugee camp, first last July when it demolished parts of it, then returned a few weeks later and demolished it completely , especially the wall on which his graffiti was painted. The carob tree bearing his name, and the tongs of visitors. and her memento, which she had written with her own hand, in a message that reflected “the amount of hatred and resentment within the occupation soldiers who murdered Sherin at that location”, as described by Sherin's brother Tony Abu. By Akla.

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The site of the martyrdom of Shereen Abu Aqla was a pilgrimage site for civilians before its destruction (Al Jazeera)

This will not eliminate crime

“It also indicates a systematic policy and terrorism by the occupation to obscure the facts, and the fear of Shirin's name, or anything that reminds them of her, even after her martyrdom,” Abu Aqla told Al Jazeera Net. ” Abu Aqla links the demolition of the Shirin monument to the great destruction caused by the occupation in the Jenin camp, over Alfie Beit, to “not holding Israel and its terrorist army accountable” and says that “the lack of accountability will make people more Will have to face destruction.”

“The occupation could not erase Shirin from memory,” says her brother, “and she has become firmly established in the minds of future generations as a Palestinian icon, as well as the site of her martyrdom, as it is for many people.” Will remain in the hearts of. No matter how much the occupation destroys and breaks it.” He said they would rebuild it “in a way that befits Shirin, the city of Jenin and its camp.” “Determinate.”

Journalist Ali Samoudi, who was Sherin's colleague and companion at the time of the incident, told Al Jazeera Net that “the place that became a pilgrimage site was all linked to Sherin's martyrdom, and the street was named after her. Was, and his biography is constantly discussed by the people.” He emphasized that the occupation would not erase what happened to Sherin from his memory, and that his crime would not end with the demolition of the building he had attacked with bullets several times before.

war doesn't last

Also in the Jenin camp, the occupation demolished dozens of monuments, notably the Arch of Triumph (camp gate), the Return Monument, which bears the names of displaced villages, and the “Jenin Horse”, which was made of iron and was built in the camp. The remains of homes, vehicles and ambulances of residents that were destroyed by the occupation during the invasion of the camp in 1997. 2002.

By attacking all national monuments in and around the camp that express the state of its conflict, Muhammad Sabbagh, head of the Jenin camp service committee, says, “The occupation is trying to eliminate awareness and remove the conditions of resistance from the people. Is sending message for. In addition to the widespread war without warning and sanctions on Palestinians and the Jenin camp.

“Israel is waging a war against everything that Palestinians are proud of, especially resistance, which Israel wants to make a curse on them through collective punishment against them, but it is successful,” Sabbagh told Al Jazeera Net. It will not, because the Palestinians and their continuous struggle for 76 years is deeper and greater than that.'' It is linked to some place and geography, or to some milestone that tells the history of its resistance.''

Sabbagh says, “There is not a house in the Jenin camp that has not been mourned, and that has not paid its price with the loss of at least two martyrs, two prisoners, or two wounded, in addition to the complete destruction of infrastructure and homes.” ” of civilians, which reflects the occupation's failure and bankruptcy in fighting humanity for the martyrs' monuments and buildings.”

Like the Jenin camp, the camps in Tulkarm and Nablus experienced the same destruction, as did various locations in the villages and cities of the West Bank, to the extent that these buildings became a target in themselves.

great symbolism

Although the era of monuments is ancient in the lives of Palestinians, they have appeared more frequently in the past two years, with the rise of resistance positions and the emergence of resistance brigades in the West Bank. Some of these monuments have taken a new look. individual characters, while others bore the names and photographs of a group of martyrs.

Ibrahim al-Nimr, a Nour Shams camp activist, says, “The occupation intends to demolish these old and new monuments, especially those to the martyrs of the Camp Battalion, which have settled in the minds and hearts of these young generations, Such as Martyr Saif Abu Libda, founder of the battalion. They do not want to remember the martyr by name only, but want to immortalize him.” “His story and his struggle.”

In addition to the narrative of remembering and commemorating the martyr, this monument reinforced their honorable history and their work of resistance. These monuments are usually built at the site of martyrdom, and display information about the martyr, the event, and how he or she was martyred. Thus, as activist al-Nimr describes, “the occupation is destroying the Palestinian national symbol. is, and not just a building.”

Al-Nimr attributed the demolition of martyrs' monuments and buildings to the policy of collective punishment pursued by the Israeli occupation against every Palestinian, and said it was “no less than the occupation's attack on the Palestinian flag and the salaries of prisoners”. and martyrdom, and the complete destruction of infrastructure in the areas it attacks, especially the camps.”

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