Finkelstein om Davidsbyen

Den anerkjente – og kontroverielle – israelske arkeologen Israel Finkelstein har skrive ein artikkel om Davidsbyen i Jerusalem.

Artikkelen i The Jewish Daily Forward er vel verdt å lesa:

In the Eye of Jerusalem’s Archaeological Storm
The City of David, Beyond the Politics and Propaganda

Archaeological activity in Jerusalem has been sucked into a whirlwind of conflicting political agendas, and the site commonly referred to as “the City of David” is in the eye of the storm. At issue is a place of seminal importance for the Jewish people and indeed for anyone who cherishes the heritage of Western civilization.

When dealing with archaeology in Jerusalem, one must first know the facts. Otherwise it is easy to be led astray by unfounded historical interpretations or to succumb to misinformation from those pursuing their own political agendas.

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The City of David’s monuments and antiquities — some yet to be discovered — are too important to be allowed to fall victim to politics or neglect. Whatever our political views, we need to be vigilant in maintaining this place as a tangible link to a rich past and as a site of honest historical inquiry.

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