The cultural center was one of the few major venues in the besieged territory that housed performance and educational facilities for dance, music, theater and poetry.
One organization in the building was the Palestinian Culture Palace.
“We sent messages of peace through our activities,” Muhammad Baroud, artistic supervisor of the Palestinian Culture Palace told The Electronic Intifada.
“The targeting of the center was unbelievable,” Baroud added. “It shocked everyone.”
The destruction of the center left children and artists with no place to rehearse or perform.
“Everything we built was destroyed in one moment,” Fatima Mhawesh, a choir singer who practiced at the center, told The Electronic Intifada.
“But we will continue,” Mhawesh added. “Even if we have to rehearse in the streets.”
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