I’ve heard of revisionism, but this is ridiculous. In Iraq the Arabs are remodeling the tomb of Daniel into a Mosque and Jordan thinks it should control the Jewish Dead Sea Scrolls and the West of course will be enabling enough to allow this. If you thought the destruction of the large Afghan Buddhist statues were bad, the loss of the Dead Sea Scrolls would put an end to scholarship on the historical element of the Torah and Christian ideas. Why are we entertaining these haters?
Jewish Heritage of ‘Palestinians’? Jordan and the PA have asked Canada to seize Israel’s 2,000-year-old Dead Sea scrolls, currently on display in Toronto. The PA acknowledges that the scrolls are Jewish, but claims that they are “also part of Palestinian heritage just as ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins comprise part of their history.” (Wasn’t the existence of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem recently denied by ‘educated’ Arabs?)
Israel seized the scrolls and other antiquities from the Palestinian Museum, which was managed by Jordan in east Jerusalem when it occupied this part of the city in 1967,” said Rafea Harahsheh of Jordan’s antiquities department.
The scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947. The famous parchments number 900 documents and biblical texts belonging to the Essenes, a breakaway Jewish sect that lived in the craggy hills above the Dead Sea where the scrolls were discovered.
They provide a rare insight into life in the Holy Land and the emergence of early Christian groups in the area.
The Jordanians recently asked the Canadian government to seize some of the scrolls while they were on display in Toronto.
They have also appealed to the United Nations in support of their case.
Israel has refused to discuss handing back the scrolls. Its foreign ministry told the Jerusalem Post, “Jordan’s occupation of the West Bank was never recognized by the international community and the kingdom relinquished all claims on the territories. The scrolls have no relation to Jordan or the Jordanian people.”
Jordan says Israel seized 14 scrolls kept in a museum in the eastern sector of Jerusalem when its army occupied that Jordanian-controlled part of the city in the 1967 war. Israel annexed eastern Jerusalem soon after the war and now says the entire city is its unified, eternal capital. Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem has not been internationally recognized.
”We are very keen on getting them (the scrolls) by reminding different countries of the international accords on cultural wealth they signed,” Maha Khatib, Jordan’s tourism minister, told the AP, citing the 1954 Hague Convention governing the protection of cultural property during armed conflict.
Earlier this month, Canada refused a Jordanian request to stop the scrolls’ return to Israel, after they were displayed at a Toronto museum. It also refused a similar request made by the Palestinian Authority, according to Canadian diplomats.
Khatib said Jordan has given up hope that Israel would directly give back the more than 2,000-year-old scrolls and now hoped Western nations would return them to the Arab kingdom when they host them in exhibitions.
The scrolls include the earliest known version of portions of the Hebrew Bible and have shed important light on Judaism and the beginnings of Christianity. Their origin is the subject of an insular, but notoriously heated, academic debate.
They will next be exhibited in Milwaukee, Wisc., starting Jan. 22.