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Published on Jan 14, 2008
Jan 2008 Are Israeli settlers taking control of archaeological digs to manipulate history and consolidate claims to Palestinian land? Some Israeli archaeologists are starting to speak out.
The Palestinian village of Silwan is located just below the ancient City of David, in the heart of Jerusalem. Archaeological digs here are under the control of the right wing group, ELAD. The constant threat of demolition hovers over people's houses. It's part of ELAD's program to take over and occupy large parts of Silwan and make it Jewish?, complains archaeologist Dr Rafi Greenberg. Locals have already defeated one plan to destroy close to 100 houses. But despite this victory, the nature of Silwan has changed beyond recognition. As Greenberg laments?The place I knew as an Arab village with archaeology, turned into a place with armed guards, a place with amplified symbols of Israeli presence?.