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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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To protest ROM’s decision to display the artifacts, fill the form at http://www.rom.on.ca/about/contact.php.

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