Herod Exhibition Causes Controversy

Posted on March 7, 2013


Currently on display at the Israel Museum is an exhibition of artifacts relating to the Judaean King Herod. The exhibit has angered Palestinians, who believe that the exhibition is another instance of the allegedly continuing violation of Palestinian rights.

Palestinians believe that Israelis are plundering items of Palestinian archaeological heritage that are located in occupied soil.  Of the exhibit, minister of tourism and antiquities for the Palestinian Authority, Rula Maayah, stated “It’s stolen  . . . This is part of the Palestinian heritage, but they think they have the right to claim it even though they’re on our land, occupying it.”

Within the exhibition are frescoes, limestone sarcophagi, and approximately 250 objects of King Herod. Herod enjoyed a long reign of 33 years. He died in 4BC, at the age of 70.

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