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Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected

 
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Jordan has asked Canada to seize the selected parchments of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls that have been on display in Toronto, invoking international law in a bid to keep the artifacts out of Israel's hands until their "disputed ownership" is settled, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail reported last week.
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In its request, Jordan invoked the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which is concerned with safeguarding cultural property during wartime.

The 1954 convention requires signatories "to take into its custody cultural property imported into its territory either directly or indirectly from any occupied territory."

The Jordanians claim Israel acted illegally when it seized the scrolls from the Rockefeller Museum, located in eastern Jerusalem, during the Six Day War.

On Sunday, Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum ended its exhibit "Words That Changed the World," which featured scroll fragments on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

In the six months the scrolls were on display in Toronto, they sparked an unprecedented number of visitors, as well as political demonstrations.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor called Jordan's claim ridiculous.

"The Dead Sea Scrolls are an intrinsic part of Jewish heritage and religion. The scrolls have no relation to Jordan or the Jordanian people," said Palmor.

"Moreover, Jordan's occupation of the West Bank was never recognized by the international community and the kingdom relinquished all claims on the territories back in the '80s. On what grounds are they trying to lay claims to the scrolls, which are a cornerstone of Jewish cultural history?"

The Foreign Ministry had not contacted the Jordanian ambassador in Israel and believed that the matter was strictly between Jordan and Canada, Palmor said.

"Since it's a ridiculous claim, we are sure that it will be rejected. We haven't contacted the Canadians, either. At this stage it is a legal issue, not a diplomatic one," said Palmor.

The Jordanians aren't the only ones trying to get their hands on the ancient scrolls. Last April, the Palestinian Authority appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to cancel the show. The Palestinian Authority and Toronto-based Muslim activists claimed that the scrolls were "stolen" from Palestinian territory and illegally obtained when Israel annexed east Jerusalem.

The exhibit sparked days of protest outside the museum, with pro-Palestinian groups calling on the public to boycott the exhibit.

So far Canada has refused to comply with Jordan's request. A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade told the Globe and Mail that "differences regarding ownership of the Dead Sea Scrolls should be addressed by Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. It would not be appropriate for Canada to intervene as a third party."

The Israel Antiquities Authority said in response to the report that it had the right to loan the artifacts.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are made up of roughly 900 documents and biblical texts and are considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.

The scrolls were first discovered in 1947, by Beduin in underground caves in and around Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. Excavations that took place between 1947 and 1956 discovered a total of 11 caves.

The texts include some of the only known surviving copies of biblical texts made before 100 BCE, and preserve evidence of Jewish life during the Second Temple period.

More than 200,000 people went to see the display in Toronto, which along with the scrolls featured 200 other artifacts on loan from the IAA.

The scrolls are scheduled to appear at the Milwaukee Public Museum starting January 22.
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01/03/2010 06:08 PM
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Re: Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected
sticky fingers !!!!!!!



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Re: Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected
justice
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Re: Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected
they are connected to those scrolls


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01/07/2010 11:18 PM
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Re: Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected
next claim..... DISNEYLAND
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01/08/2010 01:55 AM
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Re: Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected
douches..

the dead sea scrolls are just as valid as their shitty koran. and just as valid as farenheit 451. all works of man.

get a life dipshits
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01/08/2010 05:29 AM
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douches..

the dead sea scrolls are just as valid as their shitty koran. and just as valid as farenheit 451. all works of man.

get a life dipshits
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You miss the fundamental principle at stake:
If East Jerusalem is Jordanian property then the scrolls belong to Jordan, If East Jerusalem is Israeli territory then the scrolls belong to Israel.

Neither side has any religious connection to the Qum'ran scrolls as they are the works of the Essene sect of Judaism that spawned Christianity. Muslims and Jews alike disavow any sacred or holy context to the scriptures in question.

Jordan is simply doing their part to question the legal sovereignty of Israel over East Jerusalem in the forum of public opinion due to the popularity of the documents.
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01/08/2010 05:42 AM
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Re: Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected
If found on the land belonging to jordan, then it is jordan property, is it not?

Taking that property would be an act of thieft?
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01/08/2010 06:19 AM
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Re: Arab claim to Dead Sea Scrolls rejected
Jordan has no right to Qumran, I walked the long miles between them myself, sad that the real conflict of whose concepts are deserving international attention and should inherit the history books has become a territorial conflict.

All know full well the scroll contents are only Judaean.
Arabs are right to be upset at the presumptuous name "Israel", but these are not Israelite compositions, only "Jewish".
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