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"Schauen Sie dort, etwas von historischem Wert, müssen wir es nehmen und behaupten, es war uns seit 3000 Jahren." "Look there, something of historical value, we must take it and claim it's been "ours"  for 3000 years."

Dayan outraged many of his countrymen after the Six-Day War, when the biblical lands of the West Bank and Gaza were once again open to Israeli academics and archae- ologists, by commandeering military units to cordon off areas known to be rich in antiquities.  

  Dayan, with the help of the troops, would then remove artifacts — many of them invaluable — for his personal gain. He eventually established an antique garden in the rear of his home in Zahala, an exclusive suburb of Tel Aviv.

  The minister of defense's activities led to occasional critiques in the Israeli press, but no government investigation. Americans who served as diplomats and military attaches in Israel have acknowledged the purchase of antiques from Dayan, who invariably insisted on pay- ment in American dollars.   

A history of robberies
According to the Institute for Palestine Studies — in a study entitled “Looting and Salvaging the Heritage of Palestine” — there are 12,216 archaeological sites in Palestine, thousands of which were destroyed and looted because of the occupation.

Salim Mubayed, a researcher of Palestinian heritage, told Al-Monitor in a meeting in his office: “Gaza is considered a open-air museum for the world’s civilizations. In this city heathens, then Christians and Muslims developed and enriched the city with antiquities. Gaza was called a treasure, but the excavation of its antiquities was not consistent with its historical significance. Its antiquities were not properly excavated, and the biggest part was hidden.”

It is to be noted that the first scientific research in Gaza was conducted in 1931 by British archaeologist Flinders Petrie, who discovered many building foundations and pieces of gold jewelry in the Sheikh Ajleen neighborhood of the city of Gaza.

He explained that under the British Mandate, there was little awareness of the value of antiquities, which were traded. There was only one museum, called the Palestine Archaeological Museum, now the Rockefeller Museum in east Jerusalem. He noted that under Egyptian administration, attention was paid to all aspects of life except for Palestinian antiquities and heritage, which were unknown in Gaza.

Mubayed added that Israel entered and occupied Gaza for few months in 1956, and the first thing that was done was to steal antiquities. After 1967, these robberies became a policy adopted by the occupation. The most prominent antiquities were stolen by Dayan, who took thousands of pieces, including four Pharaonic clay coffins from ​​Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip.

He added, “I remember that a picture of these clay coffins was published in Time Magazine, and Dayan was standing among them in the picture. Today, these coffins are in the new Jerusalem Museum, after the museum purchased them from Dayan’s wife.” He explained that Dayan stole thousands of artifacts from Rafah, Deir al-Balah, Sheikh Ajleen and the Sinai desert.

Mobayed explained that from 1967 until late 1993 there was a lack of awareness of the national and historical value of these antiquities, and added that Dayan used to walk in the alleys of Gaza to buy artifacts from citizens.

Mobayed added, "Hebrew universities also carried out excavations at the archaeological sites and moved several Pharaonic, Canaanite and Byzantine items of jewelry and crockery to Israel, pictures of which were published in National Geographic — of which I still keep an issue. This systematic looting is the biggest loss regarding Gaza’s antiquities.”

The head of Alexander the Great
The study, which was published by the Palestinian Studies Foundation in 2008, indicates that there are 184 archaeological sites in Gaza. The majority of these sites have been subject to illegal excavation by citizens trying to make a living.

This occurs in the absence of any national laws to protect antiquities, as well as weak public and official interest in preserving these sites. These sites are also plagued by legal grey areas regarding antiquities in Israel and the West Bank, as well as Israel's construction of military camps, walls, settlements and guard towers.

Despite an increased collective consciousness regarding the importance of antiquities, there are still those who deal in them. The spokesman for the police in the Gaza-led government, Ayman al-Batniji, told Al-Monitor during an interview that in the past few years the police had detained four people who were trying to smuggle antiquities out of the Strip or from Egypt into Gaza with the goal of bringing them into Israel. However, he denied the existence of organized tourist robberies.

He pointed out that the most recently detained smuggler was arrested at the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and was in possession of a statue of the head of Alexander the Great that was 30 cm in length and made of alabaster. The statue dated back thousands of years and was estimated to be worth millions of dollars.
Batniji said that about a month ago, four antique columns were found by chance when police officers were diving near the northern shores of the Gaza Strip. They were later restored by the Ministry of Antiquities.

The Ministry of Antiquities
The occupation and environmental factors are not the only reasons behind the destruction of these antiquities. Gaza's residents also neglect archaeological sites and convert them into garbage dumps or deface them with cement and new stones.

Hayam al-Bitar, an official in the research department at the Gazan Ministry of Antiquities, told Al-Monitor during a meeting at the ministry's small headquarters attached to the Ministry of Agriculture that the ministry is prevented from interfering in these historic homes because they are private property.

Thus, the ministry must compensate their owners before they take control of these sites to carry out restoration. He clarified that there is coordination between the ministry and the municipality of Gaza to ensure that any citizen who owns an old home cannot be issued a building permit without the ministry's approval. There is, however, a problem with citizens building without a permit.

She explained that the ministry is hoping to preserve these archaeological sites by appointing full-time guards. She notes, however, that re-excavating archaeological sites requires an enormous budget, which is not available due to the lack of international support for the government, following the imposition of an international blockade. She praised a French archaeological school that is the only international party that works with them and sends experts.

Although the first museum in the Gaza Strip was private, it was quickly followed by the establishment of a public museum in the Pasha's palace three years ago. Bitar notes that although this museum is small, it came about as the result of great efforts on the part of ministry staff.

Regarding the budgets set by the two governments in Gaza and the West Bank, most of the money is spent on security, without much concern for preserving Palestinian history or its many archaeological sites. On the other hand, Israel is creating its own history, on stolen treasures.

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On May 15, 1948 Rothschild Jewish militias launched a massive attack on the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine to ethnically cleanse them from their land in order to establish Israel as their Jewish state. This lead more than 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes and become displaces as refugees in the neighboring countries. Most of the families that fled did not even have time to pack their belonging or anything in fear of being massacred by the vicious Jewish militias who went through villages massacring its inhabitants who refused to leave, most of whom were poor villagers and unarmed farmers. “We must do everything to insure they never return. The old will die and the young will forget” David Ben-Gurion – First Prime Minister of Israel, 1949.

Zionist Identity Thieves

“For the Mandates Commission, Palestine had never ceased to constitute a separate entity. It was one of those territories which, under the terms of the Covenant, might be regarded as “provisionally independent”. The country was administered under an A mandate by the United Kingdom, subject to certain conditions and particularly to the condition appearing in Article 5: “The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be . . . in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power”. […] Palestine, as the mandate clearly showed, was a subject under international law. While she could not conclude international conventions, the mandatory Power, until further notice, concluded them on her behalf, in virtue of Article 19 of the mandate. The mandate, in Article 7, obliged the Mandatory to enact a nationality law, which again showed that the Palestinians formed a nation, and that Palestine was a State, though provisionally under guardianship. It was, moreover, unnecessary to labour the point; there was no doubt whatever that Palestine was a separate political entity.” DocumentLink

The Rothschild's Jews stole the identity of Judaism and then the identity of Palestine.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (1867-1948)
"We wish to express our definite opposition to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine."

Contrary to the Hasbara, Palestine has existed far longer than any Jewish kingdom or Jewish State. By denying the existence of Palestine and the Palestinian people, the longer history of Jewish existence in the region, as Palestinian Jews, is being denied.


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"There can be no kind of discussion of a voluntary reconciliation between us and the Arabs.... Any native people ... view their country as their national home.... They will not voluntarily allow, not only a new master, but even a new partner.... Colonization can have only one goal. For the Palestinian Arabs this goal is inadmissible. This is in the nature of things. To change that nature is impossible . . . colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population-an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in total, our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy."--Vladimir Jabotinsky --(18 October 1880 – 4 August 1940), was a Revisionist Zionist leader, author,orator,and founder of the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa. With Joseph Trumpeldor he co-founded the Jewish Legion of the British army in World War I and later established several Jewish organizations, including Beitar, haTzohar and the Irgun (terrorist group).
The Hebrew word for Bramble is Atad אטד which is called in Arabic Gharqad:
Hidden, difficult to penetrate.