Publications

National parks in Israel and the West Bank – On which Side is the Grass Greener?

Please press here to download On which side is the Grass Greener as PDF Introduction There are 346 national parks and nature reserves in Israel, constituting approximately 25% of the country’s...

The Cable Car to Jerusalem’s Old City: Who Gains and Who Loses?

Please press here to download  position paper cable car to old city as PDF Background On Wednesday, December 13, the National Infrastructure Committee met for a public presentation of the Old City...

The Missing Piece: Reconstructing Narrative in Museums in the West Bank

  Introduction The application of the Israeli “Museums Law” as a military order made it possible for the Ministry of Culture to allocate funds to museums in the West Bank....

Appropriating the Past: Israel’s Archaeological Practices in the West Bank

Introduction Download the full report Appropriating the Past as PDF The West Bank is an area rich in antiquities – a reminder of the long and varied history of the region. Israel...

“Salvage Excavations” in the West Bank (almost entirely) for Settlers Only

An analysis of the scope and objectives of archaeological excavations in Area C of the West Bank 2007-2014   Introduction  Most archaeological excavations in the world are carried out in advance...

Position Paper – In the Air and Underground – the Jerusalem Cable Car Project and its potential impact on the Historic Basin

During a government meeting on Jerusalem Day (28 May 2017), the ministers approved the plan to build a cable car that would transport tourists from West Jerusalem to Silwan\City of...

The Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif – Archaeology in a Political Context

Introduction Immediately after the 1967 War, Israel’s then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan declared that the Islamic Waqf would retain their authority over the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound. This statement and...

Press Release – High Court Ruling On Tel Shiloh: Developers Ordered to Provide Court with Basic Plan and to Represent all Historical Periods at the Site

At the court hearing concerning construction at the Tel Shiloh archaeological site in the West Bank on Wednesday, February 15 before Judges Rubinstein, Sohlberg and Barak-Erez, it was ruled that...

Rise in Infrastructural Work and Excavation Activity at the City of David Archaeological Site in Silwan

In the last months, particularly since September 2016, we have been witness to a wide range of development work at the City of David visitor center, in existing excavation sites...

How to Protect Your Rights when Antiquities are Discovered on Your Property: Fact Sheet for Landowners

Almost all excavations in the West Bank uncover archaeological remains. The discovery of antiquities on private land is perceived by landowners (farmers or other individuals who wish to develop their...