Dead Sea Scrolls Signify Occupation?

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I’m not much of a museum person. It’s not that I’m uncultured (I mean, I am), but I may have had some bad experiences as a kid at museums. You see, my parents are museum lovers. So we went to a lot when I was young. But let me tell you something people. Being seven years old at an art museum, standing around while your parents read every caption under every painting, is just plain torture. I’d rather have had them make me eat soap.

So I guess I’m torn when I hear about a boycott of an museum exhibit. I call for boycott exhibits all the time: “History of the monkey? Don’t see it! Down with monkeys!”

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Then there is this call for a boycott. A restaurant in Toronto is in a little bit of trouble because their website promoted the boycott of a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. What’s the controversy? Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, duh.

Le Select Bistro is asking its patrons to boycott the exhibit because the scrolls were obtained by Israel in the Six Day War. You see, the Dead Sea Scrolls before 1967 in the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem, which was controlled by Jordan. After the war, Israel took control of the area.

The scrolls were then moved to the Israel Museum. But its not like they were ransacked from the Rockefeller Museum or anything. The museum are associates with each others.

Protesters: Stick to checkpoints, and outposts. It will serve you much better.

Posted on June 30, 2009

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