A branch of the Church of God in America has found part of its work criticised by an annual report of the European Union! The report usually contains what it believes to be obstacles to a diplomatic solution to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and this year it has targeted the work of students from that church’s college, who have been working with Israel archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar to excavate an area just South of the Temple Mount, close to what once was the city of ancient Israel’s King David.
The report claims that the excavations are being used ‘As a political tool to modify the historical narrative and to support, legitimise and expand settlements’ , because though it is less than a quarter of a mile from the famous Jewish wailing wall, it is part of ‘Arab East Jerusalem’.
Why are they digging there? Because David’s city WAS ancient Jerusalem, and it would be pointless digging in the modern suburbs! Despite that, the EU sees it as an attempt to undermine the Palestinins’ claim to the land, though it is obvious that the site was Jewish at the time of King David and material has been found which is confirming the history of the Bible.
Having walked through the ancient city of David excavations myself, it would be foolish to pretend anything else, and these false claims that they are ‘Promoting an exclusively Jewish narrative, while detaching the place from its Palestinian surroundings’ are an attempt to deny the fact that these remnants of ancient Jerusalem from the time of the Bible reveal Israelite presence.
Sadly, it seems the EU has joined the UN in its bias against Israel, for when the Palestinians began a reckless dig with bulldozers to remove ancient Jewish archaeology from within the walls around their mosques on Temple Mount, destroying for all time the evidence of Israel’s ancient presence there, the UN and UNESCO remained silent. 2 Samuel 5:6-7, ‘Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, “You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away”; thinking, “David cannot enter here.” Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David.’