The Syrian war was not only a military, geographical and economic campaign but also a ‘cultural’ war ‘systematically targeting’ Syrian sites and heritage, according to the wife of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, Asma al-Assad, who was speaking in Tekkiye Mosque complex in Damascus on Saturday.

Al-Assad made the comments on the side-lines of ‘Shadows’, an event held to celebrate the inclusion of shadow play as the first Syrian element in the List of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.

“It’s a war against identity, belonging and roots but also on cultural heritage. It’s clear that it is a systematic targeting of heritage and the destruction of sites during these eight years of war,” said the Syrian First Lady.

A show acted out with handmade puppets behind a thin translucent screen, shadow play was ascribed in late 2018 by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage as in need of urgent safeguarding.

 

 

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Don’t speak Arabic but agree with article. Syrian culture was targeted by rebels/alqadea/Kurds/isis. From theft of historical artifacts, destruction of cultural sites, ethnic cleansing, and etc these losers revealed their true colors. Be it ethnic cleansing of people from their historical lands as Kurds doing, or ISIS destroying Palmyra, or rebels/Al Qaeda destroying graves looking for treasures and destroying Christian churches and heritage. Evil the entire lot… No excuses for this behavior. Reprobates.

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Nothing new with caliphates : in 642AD, caliph Omar ibn al-Khattâb ordered the destruction of the greatest library on Earth, the Alexandria one, he also ordered the razing of the Byzantine church on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

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“Political” Islam has ALWAYS behaved this way.

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“Today most scholars have discredited the story of the destruction of the Library by the Muslims.” Lying as usual.