Palestinian-Arabs Desecrate Archaeological Sites to Support their Lies

Palestinian-Arabs Desecrate Archaeological Sites to Support their Lies

© David Burton 2020

Desecrating Joseph's Tomb

     “Welcome to the world of the Palestinian{-Arabs}, where we lie and then believe our own lies. And then want the rest of the world to believe them, too.(Ref. 1)

     Ever since the creation of the modern State of Israel, Palestinian-Arab propagandists have attempted to create the “big lie” that the Palestinian-Arabs are descended from the original inhabitants of the land of Palestine and that ancient Israel never existed. As part of their effort to have this “big lie” accepted, they have been illegally destroying and hiding archaeological evidence that proves they have fabricated this myth.

     By destroying and hiding all this historical evidence and treasure, the Palestinian-Arabs show that they are no better than other Islamic fanatics like “the Taliban fighters {in Afghanistan who destroyed} two giant Buddhas carved into the hillside nearly 2,000 years ago . . . erasing all traces of a rich pre-Islamic past.” (Ref. 2) Similarly, “Historic structures in Palmyra, Syria, were destroyed by ISIS militants, who demolished an ancient monument and part of a second-century Roman amphitheater there.” (Ref. 3) As their destruction of irreplaceable treasures in the historical Land of Israel continues, the Palestinian-Arabs are proving themselves guilty of committing crimes against humanity – meanwhile the idiots of the world look on complacently and ignore the tragedy that is taking place.

     “Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany's Minister of Propaganda infamously said: ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.’ . . .
     “Another such miscreant, the late and unlamented . . . arch-terrorist, Yasser Arafat, spewed many canards, but one which has been repeated relentlessly by the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians is that there were no Jewish Temples on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, thus rejecting the Hebrew Bible and faith based history that Jews and Christians revere.
     “Other Palestinian Arab 'notables' . . . had declared the Jewish Temples ‘never existed.’ And even {a} Palestinian so-called moderate . . . made the preposterous and malicious claim that ‘the historical ties and attachments of the Palestinians precede any Israeli claim to Jerusalem.’ . . ." (Ref. 4)

     "To claim that Palestinians are the original inhabitants of the Land of Israel not only goes against secular history and scientific knowledge, but it also flies in the face of Islamic religious history. Not only do the Islamic scriptures recognize the unique Jewish claims to the Land of Israel, but there is no reference whatsoever to any Palestinian people dwelling on any land called Filastin during any part of Islamic history until the twentieth century. The term Jund Filastin was used to describe a military district of the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates and had no ethnic or national significance until the twentieth century.
     "The Qur’an . . . clearly declares the Jews (Bani Israil) as the only owners of the Land of Israel, which is al-Ard al-Muqaddasah; al-Ard al-Mubarakah; Ard Bani Israil (the sacred land; the blessed land; the land of the People of Israel) . . . The Qur’an goes on to acknowledge that the Jewish first and second kingdoms existed . . . {The existence of the Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount is also acknowledged by}the Qur’anic description of Muhammad’s Night Journey from Mecca to the 'furthest mosque,' which is juxtaposed with a verse on the destroyed Temple of the Israelites. The existence of that temple . . . had been acknowledged by officials of the Islamic religious endowment authority (waqf ) in their publicity materials from the 1920s and 1950s . . ." (Ref. 5)

     “The Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the most sacred site of the Jewish people and of the Jewish faith. It is the very place King David made his capital some 3,000 years ago and where he built the sanctuary for the Ark of the Covenant. It is where his son, King Solomon, built the first Temple, destroyed centuries later by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and where the Second Temple was completed in 515 BCE by Zerubbabel, centuries later to be destroyed by Rome in 70 CE.
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     “At the conclusion of Israel's {6-day} war . . . in June, 1967 and the reunification of Jerusalem . . . Israel {gave} the Waqf – the . . . Jordanian Muslim religious authorities – the keys to the Temple Mount . . .
     “. . . a journalist with the Italian newspaper, Il Foglio, wrote in 2012: ‘The Waqf is now attempting to deliberately destroy all archaeological evidence of Jewish presence on this site, while using terror and intimidation to impose its exclusive claim to the Temple Mount. The Waqf has removed every visible sign of ancient Jewish existence upon the site. At the entrance, a Waqf sign says 'The Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard and everything in it is Islamic property.'
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     “What may well be one of the worst ongoing crimes against human history and civilization is the ruthless and relentless destruction of Jewish and Christian antiquities by the Muslim authorities, the Waqf [Emphasis mine] . . . Remember the Taliban destruction of the 2,500 year old statues of Buddha in Afghanistan? It is the same Muslim arrogance and hatred for all other religions. Remember Islamic State (ISIS) and its wholesale destruction of antiquities in Iraq and Syria? Anything non-Muslim is fair game to such barbarians.
     “On the Temple Mount, the Islamic Waqf soon began using heavy bulldozers to dig up the ground in order to build yet another mosque, in addition to the two existing mosques Muslim conquerors had built over the site of the two Biblical Jewish Temples. Despite Israeli protests, they are still building under the Mount, and in the process deliberately desecrating tons of precious archaeologically rich soil. One archaeologist described the disturbed sites as ‘an archaeological crime’ and ‘an assault upon Jewish and Christian history.’ [Emphasis mine]
     “. . . Israeli and other archeologists and volunteers {myself included, have been} searching through the tons of earth and rubble which had been unceremoniously dumped by the Muslim Authorities in the nearby Kidron Valley.
     “The . . . archaeologists and their helpers from around the world {have} uncovered thousands of rare and important artifacts from the First and Second Temple periods, as well as from Roman and Byzantine periods, among them a rare bulla dating from the First Temple Period.
     “But each precious find, ripped and torn from its age old location upon the Temple Mount by Palestinian{-Arabs}, fatally compromises what archaeologists can tell us: a most grievous and barbarous sin against history and civilization.
     “The catastrophe is continuing even now as the Muslim Waqf and Palestinian Authority continue remorselessly desecrating and gleefully destroying evidence of Judeo-Christian civilization and faith upon Jerusalem's Temple Mount.
[Emphasis mine]” (Ref. 4)

     “In 2000 the Palestinians destroyed Joseph's tomb. {An October 8th article in the Los Angeles Times asked: ‘Where is the outrage? Imagine what would have happened if Jewish police stood by and allowed a Jewish mob to destroy a Muslim holy place! Does the destruction of a Jewish holy place by an Arab mob while Palestinian police stand by (after promising to protect it) deserve no more than inclusion in a list of other damage done by rioters? Is this an acceptance of attacks on Jews and things Jewish as a normal part of life?’ ‘It makes a mockery of any thought of giving Arabs any control of Jewish holy places. The destruction of dozens of such places in the Old City of Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, along with the exclusion of Jews entirely from their most holy site, the Western Wall, was clearly of a piece with the current destruction.’ “ (Ref. 5)

     In 2014, “Joseph’s Tomb, which is located in Nablus, a Palestinian Arab-controlled town, was torched . . . The Hebrew name of the town is Shechem. According to the Book of Joshua, 24:32, ‘The bones of Joseph which the children of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried in Shechem in the portion of the field that had been purchased by Jacob.
     “This {was} only the latest torching of Joseph’s Tomb by Arabs, even though Joseph is a prophet, according to Islam.
     “After the 1967 Six Day War, Israel regained access to the site of the Tomb, and in the 1980’s a Jewish seminary was built there. A small military outpost was also placed at the site, in order to protect the Jewish students. But following the Oslo Accords, the surrounding area was handed over to the Palestinian Arabs, while Israel retained authority over Joseph’s Tomb.
     “. . .{In} October, 2000, six Arabs and one Jew were killed in a battle which took place at the Tomb. Israel then agreed to withdraw from the area and handed over control to the Palestinian Arabs who were expected to guard it. Instead, when the hand-off took place, on October 7, the Arab police watched as their people destroyed the Tomb. They rioters burned books, shtenders {small tables on which those praying place their prayer books} and other religious paraphernalia, and defiled the Tomb. [Emphasis mine]
     “In 2011 . . . Palestinian Arabs set Joseph’s Tomb on fire . . .
     “Joseph’s Tomb has been attacked by Arabs several more times since that time . . .” (Ref. 6)

     In 2017, we read:“Israel entrusted one of its great archaeological treasures to the Palestinian{-Arabs}s. They destroyed it.
     “The Palestinian{-Arabs were found to be} systematically destroying King Herod’s grand Third Palace in Jericho by stripping its stone and building homes around it, thereby erasing a testament to the Jews’ deep roots to the Land of Israel.
     “Israel Hayom reported . . . that a team from the Kfar Etzion Field School visited the site recently and was appalled to find that the Palestinian{-Arabs}, who received the important site as part of the Oslo Accords, had built housing around it. Some homes were constructed on the grounds of the palace itself. The remains of the palace {were} being systematically demolished to construct a road. The historic edifice {was} being stripped of its stone, and the supporting pillars and arches {had} been defaced.
     “Most of Herod’s Third Palace, lies . . . under full Palestinian{-Arab} control.
     “Not far away . . . are the Hasmonean palaces, the most important preserved Hasmonean site in Israel.
     “The Hasmonean palaces are located in {an area} under full Israeli control, but can only be accessed via {an} area . . . where the Palestinian{-Arabs} are in full control.
     “The Palestinian{-Arabs} began building illegally next to the site and desecrating it. One of the palaces was even vandalized with a swastika. . .
     “. . . the Herodian palace, under full PA control, is exposed to all manner of desecration and destruction. When the Israeli Civil Administration . . . received reports of the destruction taking place at the palace, they tried to exert influence and to reach out to local village leaders, but the Palestinian{-Arab} construction around the Third Palace has not stopped.
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     “ ‘Israel sees how one of the grandest palaces ever built in the Holy Land is being destroyed, and [Israel] is standing by helplessly, because, under the Oslo Accords, the site . . . was made the responsibility of the Palestinians. . .” (Ref. 7)

     “On Jan 6, 2018, {a} Hebrew University archaeology doctoral student . . . described to the Israel News Company . . . how Palestinian{-Arab} tractors and bulldozers arrived at an archaeological site where the ancient city of Archelaus once stood. ‘The Palestinians completely leveled the compound in order to locate hidden archaeological treasures to sell in the antiquities black market. Just as ISIS destroyed sites in Iraq and Syria that were thousands of years old, the same situation is occurring here. This is a deliberate and systematic destruction of an archaeological site....It's just a tragedy.’ [Emphasis mine]
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     “. . . ‘It makes a mockery of any thought of giving Palestinian Arabs any control of Jewish or Christian holy places. The destruction of dozens of such places in the Old City of Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, when the Jordanian Arabs illegally occupied the eastern half of the City, along with excluding Jews entirely from their most holy sites, was clearly of a piece with the current destruction.’
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     “One can only shudder at what discoveries of profound spiritual and historical importance have already been destroyed and lost.
     “. . . Where is the conscience of the civilized world? Where is the thunderous shout of 'NO MORE' from the world's non-Muslim heads of state? Where, indeed!” [Emphasis mine] (Ref. 4)

     “The vast literature proving the historic Jewish connection to the Land of Israel has been extensively manipulated and distorted as part of the Palestinian{-Arab} politics of nationalism. Propaganda, indoctrination, and socialization, both domestically and internationally, are essential parts of the strategy and tactics of asserting Palestinian{-Arab} nationhood and statehood. By appropriating to themselves the values, traditions, and historical facts that belong to the Jews, Palestinian{-Arabs} have managed to fabricate a ‘legitimate’ history and political traditions out of nothing while denying those of Israel.
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     “Palestinian{-Arab} tactics are simple yet sophisticated: preaching and dispersing lies and distortions of reality. History proves that the bigger the lie and the more common its reiteration, the more it is accepted as authentic and genuine. Moreover, most people are unwilling to accept the idea that an entire national leadership would dare to totally distort and fabricate history in full . . . {but such is the case with the absurd lies and historical distortions promulgated by the Palestinian-Arab leaders and their gullible sycophants.}
     “Rewriting the history of the Land of Israel by erasing Jewish history and replacing it with a fabricated Palestinian{-Arab} history is a central goal of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and something that the early generations of Palestinian{-Arab} leaders, including the notorious Hajj Amin Husseini, who led the Palestinian Arabs to their 1948 defeat, dared not do. This fictitious history, which ignores all historical documentation and established historical methods, is based on systematic distortions of both ancient and modern history with the aim of denying Israel's right to exist.” [Emphasis mine] (Ref. 8)

     In 2019, “Israeli officials . . . saved a rare Second Temple period archeological site in the Jericho area, including palaces of the Hasmonean Dynasty, from potential destruction due to illegal Arab construction in the area.
     “The Archaeology Unit at the Civil Administration (AUCA) and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) worked together to thwart the threat to the important archeological site, located near Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled Jericho.
     “During a routine patrol of the site, AUCA officials identified construction vehicles preparing the land for building without the necessary permit to do so. Building materials were also found in the vehicles at the site.
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     “The unique archaeological site illustrates what Hasmonean life was like in the period prior to the destruction of the Second Temple. Numerous burial caves can be found in the area, in which three generations of Hasmoneans were buried.
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     “The destruction of archeological findings is commonplace in Judea and Samaria and is often used as a political tool to deny the historical Jewish presence in the region. [Emphasis mine]
     “In April 2019, ancient burial caves near the Hasmonean Palaces were looted by Jericho Arabs. Human remains were scattered throughout the ancient Jewish burial tombs, and precious archeological evidence was destroyed.
     “Another example of such practice can be found at the Temple Mount, where the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, an Islamic religious trust which controls the holy site, has been bulldozing the earth from the mountain. Many important archeological findings have been unearthed in the discarded rubble over the years.”(Ref. 9)

     Here in 2020, Palestinian-Arab attempts to erase history continue. “The Palestinian Authority (PA) has recently seized a Hasmonean-era fortress in Samaria and has converted it into ‘a Palestinian{-Arab} tourist site’ as part of its campaign to seize Jewish heritage sites and transform them into ‘Palestinian{-Arab} sites’ while systematically demolishing archaeological findings.
     “{In February 2020} The Shomrim Al Hanetzach? (Guarding Eternity) organization discovered . . . that the PA has installed a new massive flag mast and lighting at the fortress of Arama, an ancient Hasmonean archeological site which dominates the ancient road from Shechem (Nablus) to the Jordan Valley.
     “Tel Aruma, which is mentioned in the Bible as the city of Avimelech, was the northernmost fortress of the Jewish state during the Hasmonean period.
     “Photos from the site . . . show that the PA’s construction has caused damage to the fortress’ wall and blocked its water reservoirs. The PA also added a heavy concrete casting for the PA flag flying at the site.
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     “The PA is ‘turning the place into an active Palestinian{-Arab} tourist site while causing shocking destruction of the archeological findings and history which we will never be able to recover,’ the organization said.
     “Shomrim Al Hanetzach noted that the phenomenon of antiquity destruction is pervasive and affects all sites that are not under permanent preservation, and a survey of the sites in Judea and Samaria shows that a staggering 95% of the archeological sites have been robbed, vandalized or disturbed. [Emphasis mine]
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     “The PA has previously taken control of Israeli and Jewish heritage sites in an attempt to usurp it of its national identity and legacy, in contradiction to the historical and archaeological findings.” (Ref. 10)

     Palestinian-Arabs show total disregard for any-and-all items of historical, biblical and sociological significance that do not conform to their contrived narrative of predating an Israelite presence in the Land of Israel. In marked contrast, today’s Israelis take inordinate care to preserve and safeguard all sites and items of historical, biblical and sociological significance. In Israel, construction immediately stops when any archaeologically significant item is discovered. Construction teams often include archaeologists. Nothing of archeological significance is allowed to be damaged or destroyed. Items discovered cannot be sold or trafficked – they become the property of the State of Israel to be enjoyed by the people of Israel and the people of the world.

     “Given that Israel is littered with archaeological remains from the dawn of man onwards, all new construction sites are explored by experts before building can begin.” (Ref. 11)

     "In 2004, a sewage pipe burst in the middle of the neighborhood of Silwan in southeast Jerusalem. The municipality sent in a crew of construction workers to fix the leak, and as is the case in Jerusalem and especially in neighborhoods adjacent to the Old City, they were accompanied by a team of archeologists. [Emphasis mine]
     As the repairs progressed, the construction workers stumbled upon some long and wide stairs a few dozen meters from where the Shiloah – the ancient pool Jewish pilgrims would dip in before beginning the religious ascent to the Temple, until its destruction in 70 CE – was believed to have once stood. The steps were just like the ones that lead to the Hulda Gates, a set of now blocked entrances along the Temple Mount’s Southern Wall." (Ref. 12)

     “In preparation for the construction of a guesthouse in 2009 at Magdala on the western coastline of the Sea of Galilee, an archaeological test was conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). A tractor came across what would be the most important archaeological discovery in Israel in the last 50 years less than a foot beneath the soil. This find was the Magdala Stone, a carved stone relief bearing one of the earliest images of the seven-branched menorah. The stunning discovery led to further excavation. A first-century synagogue and a marketplace were soon brought to light after having been covered by a series of small-scale landslides for the last 2,000 years.” (Ref. 13)

     Even as the Coronavirus has caused the shutdown of nearly all public places in Israel, the Palestinian-Arabs have continued to destroy and desecrate archeological sites on the Temple Mount. “Photos uploaded on Tuesday {31 March 2020} to the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf’s official Facebook page showed them conducting unauthorized digs on the Temple Mount. [Emphasis mine]
     “ ‘Despite the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque/Haram esh-Sharif due to coronavirus, the staff, workers and guards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque are continuing their hard work,’ wrote the Jordanian-backed Wakf which administers the Temple Mount.
     “The Arab Desk of the pro-Israel watchdog group Im Tirtzu, which first reported the unauthorized digs, accused the Waqf of taking advantage of the closure to perform the illegal digs that are aimed at ‘destroying Jewish artifacts and history.’
     “The holy site was closed last week to stem the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
     “Due to the highly sensitive nature of the Temple Mount, all digs must be approved by both the Waqf and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
     “Despite this, the Waqf has a long history of conducting illegal digs, most notably in 1999 when they disposed of over 9,000 tons of dirt mixed with invaluable archaeological artifacts that are now being salvaged by The Temple Mount Sifting Project.” (Ref. 14)

     While Israel preserves Al-Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock, Palestinian-Arabs have repeatedly proven that they cannot be trusted to respect Jewish or Christian holy sites. Palestinian-Arabs cannot be trusted to preserve any sites of historic significance if it contradicts the falsehoods which they fabricate. Palestinian-Arabs cannot be trusted with the truth. Palestinian-Arabs cannot be trusted.


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