Palestinians are working to destroy archaeological sites

The Palestinian Authority municipality of Sebastia posted on its Facebook page that it has paved a ring-shaped road within the territory of the ancient Samaria archaeological park. In doing so, they destroyed a temple-era wall built by King Herod and defiled a Judean cemetary by tossing dead wild boars into the burial caves.

The "Keepers of Eternity" personnel, a right-wing Israeli organization dedicated to preserving Jewish archaeology, together with patrollers from the Lands Department of the Samaria Regional Council, noticed heavy engineering tools that broke through and paved a road in the heart of the archaeological site and ancient site of the castle belonging to the Kingdom of Israel, along a route that extends from Area B and continues for about 400 meters in Area C, according to the Oslo Accords.

During the works, a Herodian-era wall that was built over 2000 years ago, was destroyed and Jewish burial caves from the Second Temple period were broken into and looted, and vandalized. Palestinian Authority activists threw pig carcasses into the ancient graves, desecrating the graves, apparently in an attempt to prevent Israeli archaeologists from entering to examine the dimensions of the destruction.

According to evidence, in ancient Samaria, infrastructure and construction work by the Palestinian Authority has been taking place in recent months while heavily destroying the remains on the site. The head of the Samaria Council, Yossi Dagan, appealed to the relevant authorities and warned against irreversible damage to the historical site: "An attempt is being made here to completely disconnect the State of Israel and the Jewish people from one of its most important and precious heritage sites. A single remnant of the ancient Kingdom of Israel. This is a disgrace and destruction of Jewish history, right under the nose of the State of Israel.ā€

Moshe Gutman, another activist for Jewish heritage in the land of Israel added: "We are losing ancient Samaria. The destruction continued for over a month without any real reaction, without arresting any of the perpetrators of the destruction in the authority and the municipality of Sebastia. And now also a desecration of graves. The Israeli government must respond immediately and severely, just as it would have responded if they had invaded the Caesarea National Park."

The Israeli Minister of Heritage, who, following the incident, went to the scene together with the Minister of the Environment Idit Silman, and the head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, told about the condition of the site. "When we arrived at the site, we were horrified at the sight of the disgrace, an ugly Palestinian attempt to damage a world heritage site, with a deliberate desire to try to erase any evidence of the inseparable historical connection between the people of Israel and its land, along with a blatant violation of the Oslo Accords and a violation of the Terrorism Law and the Antiquities Law."

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