The Dead Sea Scrolls are ancient Jewish religious, mostly Hebrew, manuscripts found near the Dead Sea in Israel.
The continuing islamization of the United Nations, due in large part of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation – 56 countries including the Palestinian terror authority) have all but rendered these agencies as Islamic religious police, arbitrarily imposing and enforcing Islamic conquest and rule.
UNESCO has lost any semblance of objectivity and reality, and now operates as the Islamic Waqf. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has already voted to make the Jewish holy sites — the Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Old City of Hebron Pinto alestinian heritage sites, despite intense pushback from Israel and the United States.
The Trump administration warned the United Nations: Anti-Israel bias is crippling UNESCO and preventing any sort of actual progress from being made. Chris Hegadorn, the U.S. envoy, said in one of America’s final speeches to the organization — final, because President Donald Trump has withdrawn from UNESCO, beginning next year — that the bureaucratic bloat and bias is mind-boggling.
He warned that America’s departure from UNESCO is simply a sign of how rotten the group has become, and that speedy reform is necessary.
Israel warned Dead Sea Scrolls may be claimed by Palestinians
As they were discovered in the West Bank, Palestinians argue the Scrolls are theirs, even though the area was in British hands at the time
Palestinian authorities may seek to claim as their own the archaeological site of Qumran and its Dead Sea Scrolls, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has warned.
The scrolls, discovered in the Qumran Caves in the mid-20th century, date from biblical times and comprise handwritten manuscripts of great historical and religious importance.
Palestinians and their supporters argue that, as they were discovered in the West Bank, this makes them Palestinian by right, even though the area was in British hands at the time.
They also claim that The Rockefeller Museum in east Jerusalem, where a significant number of scrolls were housed, was in Arab hands before 1967. Israel captured the museum, and the scrolls held there, in the Six-Day War in 1967.
Speaking at a panel on the denial of Jewish history yesterday, Shimon Samuels, the Center’s director for international relations, criticised the Palestinians’ record of claiming biblical and cultural sites since joining UNESCO in 2011.
He claimed that the request about the Scrolls might be raised at the next meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, to take place in July.
The Committee has previously ascribed to Palestine Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity in 2012; the site of the ancient Jewish fortress at Betar in 2014; and Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in 2017.
Palestinian authorities have a list of 13 additional sites it seeks to register at UNESCO, according to the Jerusalem Post.
For the first time since the discovery of the scrolls, a fragment went on public display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem yesterday, the Journal Gazette reported.
The damaged piece of the story relates to the alighting of Noah’s Ark on the peaks of Mount Ararat after the fabled flood. Noah tells how he “atoned for all the earth in its entirety” by offering up various animal sacrifices.
In December the JC reported that the Frankfurt Bible Museum, in Germany, had to cancel plans to display sections of the scrolls after the museum could not secure the necessary guarantees from the German authorities that they would be returned to Israel.
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