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STOP SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL’s TRAFFICKING OF PALESTINIAN CULTURE

Kristen Romey
The Editor
National Geographic.
Cc: UNESCO  pncecs2011@gmail.com
Dear Editor
Your article certainly raised eyebrows and strong concern for  National Geographic deliberately misleading readers about the location of the rare discovery of the Neolithic stone mask in PALESTINE.
Your piece suggests that the mask was found in Israel as no reference to PALESTINE was made.
The irony was not lost regarding – “This 9,000-year-old limestone mask was recently recovered by Israeli anti-looting authorities.”  given, by purposely masking the exact location, you are looting Palestinian culture and history in collaboration with Israel.
A few minutes  of online research  would  reveal that the Pnei Hever settlement is recognised by the United Nations as an illegal  settlement on stolen Palestinian land. Its residents are notoriously  aggressive and militant to Palestinian locals.
Therefore, the mask should have been immediately handed over to the Palestinian Authority’s Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage or the Palestinian Ministry for Tourism and Antiquities.
That the mask has  been purloined by the  Israeli Antiquities Authority is yet another instance of Israel’s trafficking of Palestinian culture.
I  strongly suggest that the article be rewritten as its present form is severely undermining the credibility of National Geographic.
IMAGE : PHOTOGRAPH BY CLARA AMIT, ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY

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