Israel investing in disputed West Bank sites

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm •  Published: January 14, 2013

Other plans include renovating the West Bank site of Tel Shilo, where Jewish tradition holds the Israelite tabernacle once stood, and possibly building a replica of the tomb of King Herod at the Herodion, a hilltop site near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Archeologists believe it was the burial site of the Jewish proxy ruler who controlled the Holy Land under imperial Roman occupation two millennia ago.

Under the program, Israel has budgeted about $107 million to invest in about 300 cultural sites and other ventures, including renovating Israeli archaeological sites, digitizing archives and building a museum dedicated to famed physicist Albert Einstein.

Later Monday, a Palestinian farmer in northern Gaza was shot dead by Israeli troops, according to Palestinian medical official Ashraf al-Kidra. He said the 22-year-old farmer was working in the field when he was shot.

The Israeli military said in initial investigation disclosed it was not behind the shooting.


Associated Press writer Ibrahim Barzak contributed from Gaza City, Gaza Strip.