How Archaeology Became an Israeli-Palestinian Battleground

A controversial Unesco vote and new finds in Jerusalem highlight the struggle over the past and future of a divided Holy Land

Ilan Ben Zion, 4 November 2016

Archaeology has long been used by the state of Israel as a means of demonstrating modern Jewish rights to an old land. Palestinians, for their part, have often resisted these findings, either rejecting them outright or pointing to other ancient artifacts to support their own national claims. In the Holy Land, historical heritage is one of the few truly abundant resources, and it stands at the center of the latest battle in the decades-old conflict.

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