Trump’s plan for Jerusalem leaves full control of the city's historic core in Israel’s hands. This is the successful outcome of right wing Israeli settlers' efforts over the past two decades to rebrand key historic sites as almost exclusively Jewish. In these efforts, archaeology has played a central role. Settler groups backed by consecutive right-wing governments have invested millions of shekels in excavating, preserving and curating the city‘s sites to render its historic core non-negotiable.
In this webinar, join Emek Shaveh's Executive Director Yonathan Mizrachi, for a virtual tour of the City of David archaeological park located in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. He will explain how the historical narrative of the site is being shaped for political purposes. The tour will also take in the neighborhood of Silwan where the Palestinian residents have been subject to serial evictions or experience damage to their properties in the shadow of ongoing excavations and development works.
Emek Shaveh is an Israeli NGO working to protect ancient sites as public assets that belong to members of all faiths and peoples. Emek Shaveh challenges the use of history and archaeology to dispossess disenfranchised communities, particularly in Jerusaelm and the West Bank, and views heritage sites as resources for building bridges and strengthening bonds between peoples and cultures.