• July 6, 2021

‘We will not let anyone spoil our history’: Palestinians vow to protect historical sites

A group of Palestinian men in the West Bank city of Nablus are pledging to protect the city’s historical sites from demolition.

“We are not going to let anyone ruin our history,” said Ali Ayyad, who is also a lawyer.

“In our case, the destruction of historical monuments and monuments in Israel and the West bank has a long history,” he added.

“Israel demolished many of the ancient monuments in the city of Nazareth, and the destruction has a deep historical meaning.”

Ayyads grandfather, Ahmad Abu Salim, was killed by Israeli forces in the 1948 Nakba.

“I was a soldier of the resistance, and I remember that Nakba day,” said Ayyades grandfather.

“As a child I was proud of my grandfather’s deeds and achievements,” he said.

Ayyady said he had been living in Nazareth for more than 30 years and that the group is hoping to protect his heritage and future.

“There is no reason to demolish anything, not even the old city walls,” Ayyade said.

The group has begun an online petition, urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take the necessary steps to protect ancient structures in the region.

“The Israeli government should remove all historical sites and monuments from the lands it occupies,” Ayyan said.

“This is a right of the Palestinian people and we want to defend it.”