On Thursday, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities received an approximately 3,000-year-old artifact from the United States. It is believed to be the first artifact returned to Palestinians and accepted by the Palestinian Authority.
According to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Palestine, Rula Maaya, the piece was used as a cosmetic tool since the Assyrian civilization, 2000 BC 700-800 years.
Jihad Yassin, Director General of Excavations and Museums at the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, explained that the artifact was found near Hebron in the West Bank.
Yassin added: “We received this artifact after negotiations with the United States of America due to its scientific and cultural value for the Palestinian people. It is part of our cultural heritage and an important part of our history.”
The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is concerned about difficulties in accessing and protecting Palestinian archaeological sites, particularly in Area C, which are Palestinian territories under Israeli military and administrative control under the 1993 Oslo Accords.
George Knoll, head of the US Office of Palestinian Affairs, described receiving the artifact as a “historic moment” in a statement.
“The Palestinian artifact is one of many other cultural objects looted from other Middle Eastern countries, Greece and Italy,” the statement said.
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