The Israeli Antiquity Authority (IAA)
continues to expropriate Palestinian land in Hebron, on the Tel Rumeida hillside. On Sunday 18 May 2014, the IAA
workforce, under the instruction of project coordinator Emmanuel Eisenberg,
continued to cause structural damaged to the Abu Haikel land, deploying
questionable and illegal archeological practices, while at the same time utilizing
the Al Jobeh family’s land without the family's consent.
The excavations are illegal under Israeli law, according to the
Oslo Agreement, which Israel signed in the mid-90s— a process jointly agreed
upon by Israel and Palestine as a vehicle to peace and stability. Article 2 of the Israeli-Palestinian Interim
Agreement describes in detail how Israeli and Palestinians would jointly
administer archeological projects in Palestinian territory. The IAA has not abided by this
agreement in Tel Rumeida.
|Feryel Abu Haikel sits in nonviolent resistance to further expansion of the
Israeli archaeological dig onto her land|