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.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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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