Who needs the some Dutch philanthropists to make a dent in the Middle East. For the record the Itzhak ben Tzvi Institute and its efforts to display the history of this land with all the peoples who lived here. Yeah, they have researched all the major events without any special biases. They have featured Byzantine wine presses, Arab soap manufacture in Jerusalem, and a Memorial written by a Protestant minister in America calling for a Jewish presence in the Land of Israel, among other articles they have featured. The historical record goes back five thousand years and I fear, most of it is Jewish. After all, except for the seventy years of exile, the area was called Judea in many forms until the Romans decided if they called it Palestine it might dampen the nationalist feelings of the Jews. That didn't work either and in 617 C.E. the Byzantines exiled the Jews for collaborating with the Parthian invaders. Palestinians? Arabs? They arrived seventeen years later.
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from the article: Palestinian archeology gets int'l boost ahead of 2011 statehood plan