The World Heritage Committee ascribed to “Palestine” Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity in 2012; the agricultural terraces of Battir, site of the ancient Jewish fortress at Betar, in 2014; and Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs in 2017. The Palestinian Authority has a tentative list of 13 additional sites it seeks to register at UNESCO. Out of that list, next up is likely to be pursuit of cultural ownership of the Qumran Caves and Dead Sea Scrolls. Pray that this theft of Jewish heritage will be put to an end and that the Dead Sea scrolls will continue to be recognized for what they are: ancient Jewish texts preserved within the borders of ancient Israel.
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