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title to his property while
trying to convince
the head of the excavation site to stop work
on his land.
Antiquities Authority, with the cooperation of the settlement security
apparatus, has expanded the excavations around the Abu Haikal, Al Natsheh, and
Al Gobeh families lands in the H2 section of Hebron, near the Jewish settlement
of Tel Rumeida.
On Sunday 11 May 2014, members of the
Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Ecumenical Accompaniers, and the International
Solidarity Movement went to be with the Al Gobeh family as they protested the
development of the excavations on their land.
Despite an agreement between the Israel
Antiquities Authority and the family to halt work until a civil engineer from
the Hebron district could come and accurately delineate the property lines, the
workers on the dig waited until the family left and began to shift the dirt onto
the Al Gobeh family land.
â€śThis is our land,â€ť said Al Gobeh. â€śWe
didnâ€™t give permission for this. We have witnessed what
happened in the past when we let Israelis work on our land. It turns into a development.â€ť
â€śThe excavations inside of Hebron are
required to be coordinated with the Palestinian Authority under the Oslo
Agreement,â€ť said Dr. Ahmed Rjoob of the State of Palestineâ€™s Ministry and
Tourism Department. â€ś There are
several issues with the archeological dig.â€ť
Rjoob argued that the excavations, in
addition to being illegal under joint agreements and protocols to which
and the PA are both signatories, have in the past been used as
settlement expansion, as in the case of the Tel Rumeida settlement. The
expansion of the archeological digs
has quarantined homes and restricted the movements of their inhabitants,
particular the Abu Haikal family.