THE ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES Authority has refused to allow the scrolls to leave Israel due to Germany’s decision, prompting the cancellation of a Bible Museum exhibit.
Uwe Becker, the deputy mayor of Frankfurt, expressed outrage on Thursday over the German government’s decision not to recognise the Dead Sea Scrolls as Israeli property, prompting the cancellation of a slated 2019 exhibit at the Bible Museum in Frankfurt.
“If Germany is unwilling to clearly express the legal status of the fragments of Qumran as Israeli world cultural heritage goods, it would dramatically change the coordinates in our German-Israeli relations.
And it would mean the construction of a wall toward the places of the birth of Christianity in the holy country, because it would be the same for Bethlehem, Jericho, east Jerusalem and many other places of Jesus’ work,” Becker told The Jerusalem Post.
Becker said: “I am criticising both ministries for damaging German-Israeli relations. I have written letters to both ministers, expressing my deep irritation and ask both to change their new position and to support the work of the exhibition.”
The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in twelve caves around the site known as Wadi Qumran near the Dead Sea in the disputed West Bank territory between 1946 and 1956.
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Photo: Dead Sea Scroll, displayed inside the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (Baz Ratner/ Reuters)