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CIVILIZATION IN RUBBLE. Against the destruction of knowledge, arts and memory in Palestine. What future?

We now know, it is before our eyes, the genocide underway in Palestine by Israel and its army. Over 35,000 victims, which increase every day: women, men, children! The genocide is also cultural: mosques, monuments, universities and schools, cultural centers, archaeological sites. It is equally tragic because it represents the destruction of the identity and history of a people. The world must know and must act. This is also why we are promoting a meeting, open to all those who are interested, with scholars speakers, who have experience of working and studying places in Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries on May 30th, at the La Sapienza University, department of Oriental Studies (ISO). We thank everyone for their availability and in particular the teachers and students of La Sapienza University who made it possible. There will be connections with archaeologists from Gaza (Fadel Alutol), Barcelona (Heritage for Peace), Tel Aviv (Emek Shaveh).


May 30, 2024 h. 16 – 20 ISO MARCO POLO room 201

h. 16 – Introduction – Leonardo Capezzone – University Institute for Oriental Studies Marco Polo

– Damiano Carbonari Student

– Presentation – Alessandra Mecozzi assoc. Culture is Freedom, a campaign for Palestine

h. 4.30pm Cultural heritage in the sights of wars – Giancarlo Garna, archaeologist

h. 4.45pm Occupied Palestine and Gaza genocide : attempts of annihilation, the destruction of Palestinian cultural heritage, material and immaterial. Monuments, universities, places of worship, knowledge

The destruction of Gaza’s cultural heritage in the ongoing war Fadel Al-Utol, archaeological expert

The work on Gaza by Heritage for Peace Isber Sabrine, archaeologist. President of Heritage for Peace. (Association of volunteers from various countries committed to the protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones)

Attacks to cultural heritage in the West Bank and East Jerusalem Carla Benelli, art historian.

h. 5.45pm Israel’s political use of archaeologY and heritage, its impact on Palestinians. Alon Arad executive director of Emek Shaveh on the report Appropriating the past (by Yesh Din and Emek Shaveh)**, 7 years later

6pm – 6.30pm questions and answers

h. 6.30pm The value of public archeology and anthropology in the recovery and transmission of the identity and history of peoples – Chiara Boracchi, archaeologist and journalist

h. 6.45pm Possible national and international initiatives

– Palestine Syria Iraq. Without memory it is difficult to reconstruct. The destruction of cultural heritage as collective punishment. Giovanni Fontana Antonelli, architect in crisis areas

Gaza and international justice. Triestino Mariniello, jurist

7.15pm – 7.45pm Questions and answers

**Emek Shaveh is an Israeli organization that works for the protection of cultural and heritage rights and the preservation of ancient sites as public assets belonging to all communities and peoples. The organization challenges the use of heritage sites and archaeological remains as a political tool in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Yesh Din is an Israeli human rights organization that documents and disseminates information and conducts legal battles regarding Israel’s failure to protect Palestinians under Israeli military control. The organization addresses human rights violations related to the Israeli conquest of Palestinian land and denial of access to the land.




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