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Why did Israel bomb bookstores?

Samir Mansour spent more than 20 years developing a haven for readers in Gaza City.

An estimated 100,000 books could be found in his library. Located near three universities, it was a vital resource for large numbers of students.

The haven was destroyed swiftly and brutally during Israel’s latest major attack on Gaza.

Today, a sign with a defiant message has been placed outside the remains of the Kuhail building where Mansour ran his library, bookstore and publishing firm. The sign notes that books are the source of knowledge and help to shape people’s identity.

The ideas contained in books cannot be erased by bombs and warplanes. They will live on.

“This library is my whole life,” said Mansour. “I was shocked when the Israeli occupation decided to bomb the building. It felt like I myself had been destroyed.”

“The library benefited all members of society,” he added. “It is an independent library that has nothing to do with politics. I did not expect for a moment that it would be bombed in this way. This means that Israel wants to destroy our identity and culture in Gaza.”

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