Where are the Palestinian creatives?

Following the recent death of legendary Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish – beautifully eulogised here by Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery – a blogger in Gaza wonders what’s happened to the creative arts in the occupied territory:

We have to acknowledge that we have a problem here in our culture and way of thinking, and that the [Israeli] occupation has sown fear in us, to the point that we can not express ourselves through culture but have started destroying ourselves and reviling whatever is beautiful”¦What is the solution?

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