Monday, November 07, 2016

by Petra Marquardt-Bigman

Just as William al Sheik-Speare was a famous Palestinian writer, the Dead Sea Scrolls are of course part of the awesomely ancient Palestinian cultural heritage. But while Twitter users had much fun with the latest Palestinian effort to appropriate Jewish history, there is every reason to expect that UNESCO will be eager to endorse this utterly pathetic Palestinian claim – after all, declaring the Dead Sea Scrolls part of the Palestinian “heritage” would be a worthy follow-up of the organization’s recent vote to declare the Temple Mount an exclusively Muslim holy site.

Interestingly, this is not the first time the Palestinians are trying to claim the Dead Sea Scrolls as part of their “heritage.” Back in 2009, the scrolls were exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, and the Palestinians promptly protested this “illegal use of the scrolls” and eventually pushed the Jordanian government to ask Canada to seize them “in a bid to keep the artifacts out of the hands of Israel.” According to the cited report on the incident, “Palestinian experts acknowledge the scrolls are Jewish, but argue that they are also part of Palestinian heritage just as ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins comprise part of their history.”

In other words, if Arab Muslim armies had conquered Britain well after Shakespeare died, we might now really be faced with claims that his works are “part of Palestinian heritage.”

But claiming the Dead Sea Scrolls as “part of Palestinian heritage” should actually pose a real dilemma if “Palestinian experts” still “acknowledge” that “the scrolls are Jewish” – after all, how to square this with endlessly repeated Palestinian claims that the Jews are evil European colonialists who are desperately faking archaeological finds to claim an ancient connection to the land of Israel? And what to do about inconvenient facts, such as that “Hebrew is the most frequently used language in the Scrolls” and that the scrolls include “partial or complete copies of every book in the Hebrew Bible (except the book of Esther)”?

Well, it shouldn’t be too hard to get UNESCO to vote for a declaration that the Hebrew in the Dead Sea Scrolls is really Arabic and that those copies of the books of the Hebrew Bible are actually just sneak previews of the Quran. (And maybe while UNESCO is at it they could confirm that “Shakespeare Was an Arab Named Shaykh Zubayr”???)

If you’re wondering just how low Palestinians are willing to go in order to push their fake claim to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the “award winning Palestinian journalist” Daoud Kuttab penned a helpful Huffington Post column about “Growing Up in Bethlehem With the Dead Sea Scrolls Story” in an attempt to bolster Palestinian demands in 2009 that Canada should seize the scrolls exhibited back then in Toronto. In a related post under the title “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Anything but Jewish?,” I highlighted at the time that Kuttab was particularly upset by Israeli claims that “the scrolls have no connection to Jordan or the Jordanian people,” and he was furious that “Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, made the preposterous claim that Jordan’s rule over fellow Arabs before 1967 was an ‘occupation.’” So in other words, it doesn’t really matter if the Dead Sea Scrolls are part of the oh-so-ancient Palestinian or Jordanian “heritage” – all that matters is denying the fact that they are actually “an intrinsic part of Jewish heritage and religion.”

As I noted back then, Kuttab was self-absorbed enough to be convinced that these Israeli claims were easily invalidated by his own childhood memories of being told the story about the discovery of the first Dead Sea Scrolls by a Bedouin goat herder who asked an Arab cobbler to make sandals out of them. Fortunately, the cobbler realized that these scrolls could be valuable (and that it would be worthwhile for him to become an antique dealer); according to Kuttab, the scrolls were eventually passed on to a high-ranking official of the Syrian Orthodox Church who managed to sell them for a fortune. Could there be a better illustration for the deeply-felt Arab attachment to this unique historic treasure?

But the perhaps most appalling part of Kuttab’s post comes when he pontificates about how the “holy land is sacred to the three monotheistic religions,” because as far as he is concerned, this apparently means that as followers of the first monotheistic religion, Jews can’t claim anything as their own heritage. Thus, Kuttab rails against “[c]laims of religious exclusivity” and argues: “Fragments of every book of the Old Testament were found in several caves, not all of which are limited to the Jewish faith but are an integral part of Christianity. Islam also considers the Old Testament sacred.”
Well, Mr. Kuttab, here’s a thought: if Islam “also considers the Old Testament sacred,” maybe it’s time that Muslims start showing some respect for the followers of the Old Testament and the heritage that Jews and Christians created long before there was Islam?

But perhaps this is really asking too much at a time when UNESCO is so eager to promote Muslim supersessionism and to help Palestinians to pillage their “heritage” from the people whose history in the area between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean stretches back some three thousand years. 

We have lots of ideas, but we need more resources to be even more effective. Please donate today to help get the message out and to help defend Israel.

EoZTV Podcast

Podcast URL

Subscribe in podnovaSubscribe with FeedlyAdd to netvibes
addtomyyahoo4Subscribe with SubToMe

search eoz



follow me

Follow by Email


Share on Whatsapp


For $18 donation

Sample Text

EoZ's Most Popular Posts Ever


Elder of Ziyon - حـكـيـم صـهـيـون

This blog may be a labor of love for me, but it takes a lot of effort, time and money. For over 12 years and over 25,000 articles I have been providing accurate, original news that would have remained unnoticed. I've written hundreds of scoops and sometimes my reporting ends up making a real difference. I appreciate any donations you can give to keep this blog going.


Donate to fight for Israel!

Monthly subscription:
Payment options

One time donation:

subscribe via email

Follow EoZ on Twitter!



The Jerusalem Report:"A seemingly indefatigable one-man operation, armed only with a computer, chutzpa and stamina."

Algemeiner: "Fiercely intelligent and erudite"

Omri: "Elder is one of the best established and most respected members of the jblogosphere..."
Atheist Jew:"Elder of Ziyon probably had the greatest impression on me..."
Soccer Dad: "He undertakes the important task of making sure that his readers learn from history."
AbbaGav: "A truly exceptional blog..."
Judeopundit: "[A] venerable blog-pioneer and beloved patriarchal figure...his blog is indispensable."
Oleh Musings: "The most comprehensive Zionist blog I have seen."
Carl in Jerusalem: "...probably the most under-recognized blog in the JBlogsphere as far as I am concerned."
Aussie Dave: "King of the auto-translation."
The Israel Situation:The Elder manages to write so many great, investigative posts that I am often looking to him for important news on the PalArab (his term for Palestinian Arab) side of things."
Tikun Olam: "Either you are carelessly ignorant or a willful liar and distorter of the truth. Either way, it makes you one mean SOB."
Mondoweiss commenter: "For virulent pro-Zionism (and plain straightforward lies of course) there is nothing much to beat it."
Didi Remez: "Leading wingnut"

Interesting Blogs


Abbas liar Academic fraud administrivia al-Qaeda algeria American Jews Amnesty analysis anti-semitism antisemitism apartheid arab refugees Arafat archaeology art ASHREI B'tselem bahrain Balfour bbc BDS BDSFail Bedouin Beitunia beoz book review Brant Rosen breaking the silence Campus antisemitism Cardozo Chakindas Chanukah Christians circumcision Clark Kent Community Standards conspiracy theories Cyprus Daled Amos Daphne Anson David Applebaum Davis report DCI-P Divest This double standards Egypt Elder gets results ElderToons Electronic Intifada Embassy EoZ Trump symposium eoz-symposium EoZNews eoztv Erekat Erekat lung transplant EU Euro-Mid Observer European antisemitism Facebook jail Fake Civilians 2014 Farrakhan Fatah featured Features fisking flotilla Forest Rain Forward free gaza freedom of press palestinian style future martyr Gary Spedding gaza Gaza Platform George Galloway George Soros German Jewry gideon levy gilad shalit gisha Goldstone Report Good news Grapel Guardian guest post gunness Haaretz Hadassah hamas Hamas war crimes Hananya Naftali hasbara Hasby 2014 Hasby 2016 Hasby 2018 hate speech Hebron helen thomas hezbollah history Hizballah Holocaust Holocaust denial honor killing HRW Human Rights Humanitarian crisis humor huor Hypocrisy ICRC IDF Ilan Pappe impossible peace incitement Indonesia international law intransigence iran Iraq Islamic Judeophobia Islamism Israel Loves America Israeli culture Israeli high-tech J Street jabalya jeremy bowen Jerusalem jewish fiction Jewish Voice for Peace jihad jimmy carter John Kerry jokes jonathan cook Jordan Joseph Massad Juan Cole Judaism Judea-Samaria Judean Rose Kairos Karl Vick Keith Ellison ken roth khalid amayreh Khaybar Lebanon leftists Linda Sarsour Linkdump lumish mahmoud zahar Malaysia max blumenthal Mazen Adi McGraw-Hill media bias Methodist Michael Ross Miftah Missionaries moderate Islam Mohammed Assaf Mondoweiss moonbats Morocco Mudar Zahran music Muslim Brotherhood Nakba Nation of Islam Natural gas Nazi Netanyahu News nftp NGO NIF Noah Phillips norpac NYT Occupation offbeat Omar Barghouti Only in Israel Opinion oxfam PA corruption PalArab lies Palestine Papers pallywood pchr PCUSA Peace Now Peter Beinart Petra MB poetry Poland poll Poster Preoccupied Prisoners propaganda Proud to be Zionist Puar Purim purimshpiel Putin Qaradawi Qassam calendar Quora Rafah Ray Hanania real liberals reference Richard Falk Richard Silverstein Right of return Rivkah Lambert Adler Robert Werdine rogel alpher roger cohen roger waters Rutgers Saeb Erekat Saudi Arabia saudi vice self-death self-death palestinians sex crimes SFSU shechita sheikh tamimi Shujaiyeh Simchat Torah Simona Sharoni SodaStream South Africa Speech stamps Superman Syria Tarabin Temple Mount Terrorism This is Zionism Thomas Friedman TOI Trump Tunisia Turkey UCI UK UN UNDP unesco unhrc UNICEF United Arab Emirates Unity unrwa UNRWA hate unrwa reports UNRWA-USA unwra Varda Vic Rosenthal Washington wikileaks work accident X-washing Y. Ben-David Yemen YMikarov zahran Ziesel zionist attack zoo Zvi

Blog Archive