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Emek Shaveh Professors Protesting an Exhibition because it would prove Israel's Claim to the Land


Sapir College, Dr. Chaim Noy

Email: chaimn@mail.sapir.ac.il

Editorial Note:

IAM reported that professors at TAU's Department of Archaeology had worked with Emek Shaveh to limit the scope of excavations in the City of David. The following article illustrates another facet of Emek Shaveh's activity. Posted by Moshe Machover, one of the co-founders of Matzpen, it tells of a behind the scene pressure of Emek Shaveh activists to influence a report of the Guardian, a newspaper highly hostile to Israel, about a new Israeli exhibition. According to Machover, the Emek Shaveh activists object to the exhibition because, in the words of one of them, it would have "a major political effect on Israeli public opinion about Jewish heritage and will strengthen claims to the land".

In addition to Raphael (Rafi) Greenberg (TAU), one of the high profile faculty-activists in Emek Shaveh is Chaim Noy, a member of its Board of Directors. Noy, a senior lecturer in communications at Sapir College, has adopted a "critical perspective" to the analysis of "nationalistic messages" in Israeli communications and wrote against the City of David dig because it created the illusion of a Jewish past in Jerusalem.
In 2011, Emek Shaveh received NIS 211,946 from the Norwegian Embassy in Israel. The document, signed by Noy, stated that the grant was given to the group in order to carry out a "archaeological report in Jerusalem."
Norwegian patronage of Emek Shaveh is not surprising. In 2009, a coalition of radical leftist groups in Israel called upon the Norwegian people to divest from companies that have links to West Bank projects. As a result, Norway has become very active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic sentiments have been high among Norwegians. A widely-quoted June 2012 survey indicated 12 percent of Norwegians hold 'strong anti-Jewish prejudices and that more than a third of the country’s population thinks the Israeli regime’s treatment of Palestinians is “analogous to Nazi actions against Jews.” Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store said that Hamas “represents a significant part of Palestinian society” and is “a social, political, religious, and also a military reality that will not simply go away as a result of Western policies of isolation.”

Quite clearly, the support for Emek Shaveh is in line with the Norwegian foreign policy, a fact that Noy and his colleagues are probably aware of. Still, it raises ethical questions about their willingness to receive grants from a country that is in the forefront of the international BDS movement and where a third of the population thinks that Israel is a reincarnation of Nazi Germany.





Moshé Machover

The Guardian bows to Israeli pressure?

Newsletter, .doc-Datei, 13. Februar 2013. T:I:S, 13. Februar 2013

URL dieses Beitrags: http://www.steinbergrecherche.com/journalist.htm#Machover

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The Guardian bows to Israeli pressure?

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:40:41 +0000

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The following story appeared on the Guardian website yesterday (12 February). In today's (13 Feb) print edition, the parts emphasised have been omitted. Can you guess why?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/12/israel-archaeological-exhibition-herod-the-great



Israel unveils Herod's archaeological treasures

Herod's mausoleum headlines Israel's most ambitious archaeological show but Palestinians say treasures should stay where they were found

A magnificent mausoleum in which King Herod the Great, the biblical-era ruler of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, was laid to rest at the end of his 37-year reign of terror is the centrepiece of the most ambitious archeological exhibition ever mounted in Israel.

Herod's burial chamber, discovered less than six years ago after a 40-year search, has been reconstructed within the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for the first ever exhibition to focus on the murderous king. Thirty tonnes of artefacts were excavated from the site of the tomb, the desert palace of Herodium, situated near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, for the eight-month show, Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey.

During his bloodthirsty tyranny, he executed at least one of his wives and three of his sons as well as countless rabbis, opponents and people who simply got in his way. According to Matthew's gospel, he ordered the killing of all newborn babies following the birth of Jesus, although some scholars say his son, also called Herod, was responsible for the butchery (and others dispute it happened at all).

An ornate red flower-carved sarcophagus, believed to be Herod's, which was discovered smashed into rubble, has been painstakingly pieced together for the exhibition. In total, around 250 archaeological finds are on display, alongside models and graphic displays of his palaces.

Herod's death at the age of 70 followed an excruciating illness. According to Simon Sebag Montefiore, "Herod collapsed, suffering an agonising and gruesome putrefaction: it started as an itching all over with a glowing sensation within his intestines, then developed into a swelling of his feet and belly, complicated by an ulceration of the colon.

"His body started to ooze clear fluid, he could scarcely breathe, a vile stench emanated from him, and his genitals swelled grotesquely until his penis and scrotum burst out in suppurating gangrene that then gave birth to a seething mass of worms."

His body was taken from Jericho to Herodium to be entombed on his man-made mountain. The mausoleum was discovered in May 2007 by Ehud Netzer, an Israeli archaeologist who had devoted his career to searching for it.

Three years later, during the first visit to the site by the Israel Museum's curators and restorers, Netzer fell to his death after leaning on a barrier. The exhibition is dedicated to his memory.

The show has met with opposition from the Palestinian Authority (PA), which says Israel is in breach of international law by exhibiting artefacts excavated and removed from the West Bank.

Hamdan Taha, a PA official responsible for antiquities, said the Israel Museum had not consulted it on the excavation and exhibition. Herodium is located in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control, and the site is administered by the Israeli Parks Authority.

The exhibition was an attempt to use "archaeology to justify Israel's political claims on the land", Taha said. The site, along with Jericho, was "an integral part of Palestinian cultural heritage", he added.

The Israel Museum said that Israel was given temporary control over archaeological sites in the West Bank under the 1993 Oslo accords, and that the museum had co-ordinated with the Israeli Civil Administration, which governs Area C.

"We have this material on loan, and it will be returned to the site after the exhibition," said James Snyder, director of the Israel Museum. "Everything is here on an authorised basis. If we had left [the artefacts] as they were, there was no way of understanding or interpreting them. We are not about politics or geopolitics; we are trying to do the best and the right thing for the long-term preservation of material cultural heritage."

Yonathan Mizrachi, of Emek Shaveh, an Israeli organisation that focuses on the role of archaeology in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said international law did not permit the removal of artefacts from occupied territory. Excavated material "should be kept in the West Bank and [Palestinian] residents must have access".

The exhibition, he added, would have "a major political effect on Israeli public opinion about Jewish heritage and will strengthen claims to the land".

http://www.steinbergrecherche.com/20130213GuardianunterDruckFragezeichen.doc



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