Another Useless Heritage Provocation

Yes, I know that this was a short-term concession by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the far-right and to religious interests within Israel.

Yes I know that his “Heritage List” is described so vaguely that it may never actually have any effect on the facts on the ground.  But it is another dangerous and needless provocation that has everything to do with continued occupation and nothing to do with the enhanced appreciation of heritage at all.

Heritage recognition cannot be imposed on others– or on one’s own disenchanted generations– with money for masonry repairs and hiking trails.

Traditional Site of the Tombs of the Patriarchs, Hebron

Clashes erupt over West Bank religious shrines

February 22, 2010 — Updated 1214 GMT (2014 HKT)
Jerusalem (CNN) — Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers broke out Monday, a day after Israel announced it would include two West Bank religious shrines as part of a larger list of 150 Zionist heritage sites.

About 100 protesters were throwing stones and burning tires in the West Bank city of Hebron, the Israeli military said. Palestinian eyewitnesses reported that several protesters had been injured by tear gas and rubber bullets.

The clashes come in the wake of a special Sunday Cabinet meeting held at one of the “national heritage” sites where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined a plan to invest more than $100 million on national heritage infrastructure.

“People must be familiar with their homeland and its cultural and historical vistas,” he said. “This is what we will instill in this and coming generations, to the glory — if I may say — of the Jewish people.”

Included in the list of sites are Rachel’s Tomb in Palestinian city of Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the city of Hebron…

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For more info on the preliminary details of the plan and its rationale, click here.

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Come on, Israel, evolve!  Try something new!

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the discussion centered on how significant sites of Jewish/Biblical heritage could be legally protected on Palestinian land?  And vice versa?

Occupation and implicit claims of sovereignty just don’t work, especially if the heritage sites in question become isolated islands in the midst of a population that doesn’t care– on both sides!

The PUSH Project tried it and was destroyed by the overwhelming pressures of hateful separatism.  But it tried…

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