West Bank Archaeological Site Is at the Center of a Passionate Jewish-Palestinian Struggle

Tel Sebastia in the West Bank has become a battleground for both control of the site as well as over its historical narrative. The Israeli army, a huge Palestinian flag and Ahab, seventh king of Israel, have all been co-opted for the cause

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The archaeological site at Sebastia.
The archaeological site at Sebastia.

One recent Thursday afternoon, an armored bus stood waiting at the entrance to the settlement of Shavei Shomron. Inside the bus, a group of travelers awaited a military jeep to accompany them to one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area: Tel Sebastia – or as it’s known in Hebrew, Samaria National Park.

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