The Palestinian Authority is working on new claim to UNESCO to have the Dead Sea Scrolls returned to their hands from Israel, Israel Radio reported on Saturday night.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 981 texts scrolls, including the oldest complete example of the Ten Commandments, discovered between 1946 and 1956 in eleven caves (Qumran caves) in the mountains near the Dead Sea. Some of the manuscripts collection are currently on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
News of the Palestinian Authority’s intention to turn to UNESCO comes two weeks after the organization passed a resolution that ignores Jewish ties to holy sites in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Qumran is on the list of preservation areas, was under British, and then Jordanian rule when the scrolls were discovered, and is currently located in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli civil and military control. Palestinian Authority see Area C as part of its future state.
which the PA wants to see registered under the “state of Palestine” on the World Heritage List.
Israeli ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen said: “This is another provocative and audacious attempt by the Palestinians to rewrite history and to erase our connection to our land. The Dead Sea Scrolls are factual and weighty archeological evidence of the presence of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel.”