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Papyrus Speaks Louder Than UNESCO

Papyrus found on Temple Mount (Photo: Shai Halevi)

While those who would have Jews once again banned from the holiest sites in Jerusalem might not believe the recently discovered archaeological evidence that proves Jewish ties to the Holy City, Commentary's Jonathan Tobin writes that the papyrus stands as a rebuke to them:

But the papyrus—which was challenged by some dissidents in the inherently political minefield of archeology—will still speak louder than anything that comes out of a UN agency that has been hijacked by anti-Semites. The archeological evidence about Jerusalem is still important because the Palestinian claim that the modern state of Israel has no rights in the Old City is rooted in a notion that history began in 1967. In order to accept the idea that Israelis are foreign colonists or occupiers in the heart of their ancient homeland, you have to buy into the notion that Jerusalem didn’t exist as a Hebrew-speaking city before its destruction by the Romans and that the decision of various conquerors to place their religious shrines on the site of the temples was just a coincidence, rather than an effort to wipe out Jewish history. Zionism isn’t colonialism or racism; it’s a national liberation movement that successfully righted an ancient injustice.

That may not matter to those immersed in an ideology that believes waging economic war on the sole Jewish state on the planet or rationalizing Palestinian terrorism is somehow an expression of support for “human rights.” But the papyrus, like the many other proofs of Jewish history, stands as a rebuke to those who are, whether they understand it or not, seeking to go back to the pre-June 1967 status quo whereby Jews were banned from the Old City or praying at the Western Wall. It is also a reminder to Israelis and their friends that, although the Middle East conflict remains a complex and often-perplexing puzzle, the cause of Israel is fundamentally just. Justice may be an alien concept in the upside down moral universe of the United Nations. But it is not something that can be erased by a UNESCO vote.

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