Friday, July 03, 2009

A RESPONSE to Palestinian objections to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum has been published by law professor Ed Morgan in the National Post):
Ed Morgan: Dead Sea cranks
Posted: July 02, 2009, 10:45 AM by NP Editor
Full Comment, Ed Morgan

The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are being exhibited this week at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), have survived time, weather, sand--and now the political storm caused by protests at their being toured by the Israel Museum, which houses the scrolls in Jerusalem.

Opponents of the exhibit include the Palestinian Minister of Tourism and Canadian solidarity groups supporting the Palestinian cause. They accuse the Israel Museum of having taken the scrolls from the Jordanian Department of Antiquities upon Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967. Israel's actions are alleged to be contrary to international conventions protecting cultural artifacts and prohibiting their removal.

The ROM is right to stare down the protests.

Background here.