In this case: not quite. There have been any number of attacks on Dr. Schütte over the years. He could just have easily discussed city corruption or a generational struggle between "progressive" and "conservative" archaeologists, but... the reporter either pointed to an aspect - or paraphrased in a way - which an Israeli audience probably would want to hear. The Cologne papers do that, too,when attacking Schütte: they ignore comments made by foreign archaeologists praising the project, while emphasising minor complaints of clearly biased opponents. So now the hole will probably be filled in, the museum won't be built, and the artifacts will be dispursed among a series of other museums which do have a very good record of presenting Cologne's history.
Islamic State destroys part of Syria's Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (Reuters)