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Columnist for official PA daily denies Jewish history in Jerusalem; US Ambassador “is an American colonialist“

Excerpt of op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: "Friedman crushes the head of human heritage with a hammer"

"American colonialist David Friedman, [US President Donald] Trump's Ambassador to the racist Tel Aviv regime (i.e., Israel), knows that UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) included 13 sites in Palestine in the cultural and natural World Heritage List, and primarily the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem.

This racist knows that with his hammer (referring to his participation in the inauguration of an archaeological site; see note below –Ed.) he is destroying an international global system that is striving to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the nation of people, without differentiating between their races, color, gender, and religion… and because he well understands what he is doing with his hammer when he strikes the wall of a tunnel [under] the land of occupied Palestinian Silwan in Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine that is also occupied, under the heading of seeking Jewish antiquities. He knows, as [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu knows, that [the antiquities] were never here and the scientist researchers have not found even a small real remnant of them (sic., an abundance of Jewish archaeological antiquities have been found in Israel). However, despite this, he looks extremely happy, like criminals enjoying their crimes and the sight of their victims suffering."

Pilgrimage Road – US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, US Envoy Jason Greenblatt, and US Senator Lindsey Graham took part in the inauguration ceremony of the Pilgrimage Road underground archaeological site, located south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, on June 30, 2019. The excavated road was used by Jewish pilgrims visiting the Second Temple around the first century CE, and the Arab neighborhood of Silwan has since been built above it.


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