The Israeli Weaponization of Archaeology to Construct a National Myth: A Turkish Perspective

The controversial op-ed on TRT World accused Israel of weaponizing archaeology to deny Palestine’s existence. While the article simplifies Israel’s archaeological projects as state propaganda, it overlooks their role in uncovering ancient history. The City of David and other sites in Israel offer insights into the region’s diverse cultural heritage, challenging claims of selective interpretation. Collaborative research and oversight by the Israel Antiquities Authority ensure that archaeological work is not isolated and contributes to a global understanding of ancient history. The authors’ portrayal of Israeli archaeology as a political tool overlooks the discipline’s commitment to uncovering the past and transcending political divides.