West Bank

The IAA lead excavation in Area C in possible violation of International Law

In March, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Staff Officer for Archaeology (SOA) in the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) led a public excavation of the Murba’at Caves at the...

Use of antiquity sites in efforts to advance annexation in the West Bank continues despite the war

General introduction While local and international attention is justifiably focused on the destruction and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, or on settler violence in the West Bank, processes tantamount to the weaponization...

Israeli Policy makers demand increase military surveillance and archaeological oversight over Mt Ebal/Tel Burnat and Sebastia

Sebastia: Yesterday, October 1st, Minister for Environmental Protection Idit Silman arrived at the site of Sebastia with Head of the Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan and members of the public. Signs...

Comments on the Inscription of Tel es-Sultan, Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine

Introduction In a welcome development on Sunday, 17th September, the 21 State members of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee gathered during the extended 45th session in Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and...

Suspension Bridge,Expropriations for Jerusalem Cable Car and West bank Developments

* Suspension Bridge over Hinnom Valley Opened to the Public • Expropriations for Jerusalem Cable Car Approved • SOA Conducts Enforcement Activities at Tel Aroma in Area B • Red...

Government Scheduled to Approve Massive Development of Antiquity Sites in the West Bank

This Monday, July 17th, the government is scheduled to approve a plan of 120 million NIS to “salvage, preserve, develop and prevent antiquity theft at heritage sites in Judea, Samaria and the...

Settlers Backed by army and Civil Administration lead illegal excavation in Area B of the West Bank

In June under cover of the recent round of violence, settlers accompanied by the army conducted an illegal excavation on Mount Ebal/el Burnat (designated as area B) near the Palestinian town...

Israel’s 37th Government’s Foreseen Policies for Heritage Sites in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

To download the paper as a PDF document click here    Introduction Last week, Sunday, January 29th, a government decision formalized a coalition promise to Itamar Ben Gvir’s party to transfer the...

Biannual Summary of Developments:

Introduction: In the first eight months of 2022, new historic sites in East Jerusalem and the West Bank emerged as conflict zones as settlers and government bodies seized land or...

Archaeological Excavation in the West Bank Sponsored by an Israeli University

26/07/2022 Yesterday (25/7/2022) an archaeological excavation sponsored by the Israeli Bar-Ilan University commenced at Tel Tibnah, an archaeological mound in the Ramallah district near the villages of Nabi Salih and...