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Dead Sea Scrolls stir storm at Royal Ontario Museum

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Jerusalem, Palestine and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

In letters to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and top executives at the ROM, senior Palestinian officials argue the scrolls – widely regarded as among the great archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – were acquired illegally by Israel when the Jewish state annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.

“The exhibition would entail exhibiting or displaying artifacts removed from the Palestinian territories,” said Hamdan Taha, director-general of the archaeological department in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

“I think it is important that Canadian institutions would be responsible and act in accordance with Canada’s obligations.”

The Palestinians say the planned ROM exhibit violates at least four international conventions or protocols on the treatment of cultural goods that were illegally obtained.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

A scrap of non-biblical Hebrew text from the first century CE, originally discovered in 1956.

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  1. Barbara said, on July 26, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Another shame brought upon Canada by the conniving of the Tanenbaum family who shamed us by organizing the creation of Canada Park in Palestine, at the cost of 3 village and innumerable homeless families. Now they have brought the ROM into their games by stealing more than land but also heritage of the Palestinian people. It is not bad enough to steal their land, their trees, their water, their food supplies, their fishing, their everything as well as their lives but now they steal their heritage.

    But what can one expect of a group of Ashkenazim who, in their parasitic ways, just take at will what they want and damn the consequences. And if protested against, weep and wail and cry anti semitic!

    It is a SHAME that the ROM, once, I thought to be an honourable institution stoops to participate in this sham Israeli pat on the back. But I suppose donations speak volumes when it comes to paying for that atrocious addition. And after all, what are museums filled with but pilfered items from other civilizations.

    It may not make or break the bank but I will never advise the ROM as a must see to anyone who visits Toronto again. Personally, I am disgusted with every TRUE semitic hating one of you.

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