Palestinian heritage week begins in Colombia as part of Jerusalem as Capital of Arab Culture events
/ PNN – With events for the celebration of “Jerusalem as Capital of Arab
Culture 2009” not relegated to the occupied city, the Colombian capital of
Bogota is host to a week of Palestinian heritage events.
exhibit of traditional Palestinian embroidery, clothing, fashion and shawls is
scheduled to make stops in several universities as part of events planned by
the Colombian Academy of Fine Arts and the Palestinian embassy.
the Academy itself a six-day series of artistic and cultural activities is
underway. Lectures on the heritage and the arts of Palestinian are part of the
celebration, along with the documentary “Palestine: eyes of the artist.”
art and electronic displays are in the gallery this week, including pictures of
Jerusalem’s most important historic sites.
Palestinian embassy opened “Jerusalem as capital of Arab Culture” events
yesterday in collaboration with the Colombian Academy of Fine Arts, the
Palestinian Youth Association and the Society of Colombian Women.
of the Colombian Ministry of Culture, university professors and students,
members of the Palestinian community, the embassy and artists attended the
touched on determination to revive heritage, the relationship between Colombia
and Palestine, and the Israeli occupation.
host said, “The attempts to Judiaze Jerusalem and change its Arab character,
the excavations carried out by the occupation at the most important historical
sites, and the policies against the Arab population including depriving them of
freedom of worship, military checkpoints, home demolitions and forced
evictions, and the dismembering taking place by the building of the apartheid
wall is the worse kind of racial discrimination.”