Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jordan ups the ante

JORDAN UPS THE ANTE and asks the United Nations for the Dead Sea Scrolls:
Jordan wants Israel to give back 'Dead Sea' scrolls

12 January 2010 (World Jewish Congress)

The Jordanian government has said that the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls were seized illegally by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and has asked the United Nations for them to be restored to Jordan. "The government has legal documents that prove Jordan owns the scrolls," a government official in Amman said, adding that a complaint had been filed with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Antiquities Authority of Israel rejected the claim, saying Israel was the rightful custodian of the scrolls.

Background here.