Looting the Holy Land

Ush Grab, occupied West Bank. (Decolonizing Ar...

This is a fascinating documentary on the way archaeological materials are being used in Israel- especially since Raz Kletter and Thomas Thompson are interviewed in it.

Since 1967 countless artifacts have been unearthed and removed from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Many are displayed in Israeli museums and private collections, while others are sold to tourists. For Israel, archeology has been a key tool in buttressing its territorial claims to historic Palestine. Archeological findings are used to assert ownership and to rename the territories they occupy. Palestinians see the cultural heritage of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza as a central part of their ancestral birthright and ownership is key to building an economy based on pilgrimage and tourism. Is the removal of historic treasures from the occupied territories a case of cultural preservation or stealing a heritage? What role has the science of archeology played in the Arab-Israeli dispute? Al Jazeera searches through the evidence, unearthing the facts and exposing a power struggle in which every stone has meaning. More than just property, the control of a cultural legacy is at stake. Looting the Holy Land airs from Sunday, October 10, at the following times GMT: Sunday: 1900; Monday: 1400; Wednesday: 0300; Thursday: 1900.

Unfortunately I didn’t hear about it until this morning.  Perhaps a DVD will become available.   Until then, you can watch the 46 minute long film by simply going to the video below and clicking play!

UPDATE:  Using the fantastic free little program ‘Download Helper’ I’ve been able to download the entire program to my computer and can watch anytime with Real Player.  Nice!