The World Archaeological Congress (WAC), is currently meeting in Ramallah and has decided to exclude Israel from its list of attendees. They did not invite the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) even though some recent archeological work has been conducted in Jerusalem.
I find it very revealing that the title of the conference is: “Overcoming Structural Violence”. As it appears, Archeology has gone into politics. But of course that would only be as it pertains to Israel. There continues to be a vicious double standard when dealing with Israel all throughout the world and increasingly in all fields as we are just witnessing.
I think that excluding Israel from an archeological congress is like excluding France from a wine contest!
What’s next, will the world boycott Israel from the next Olympic Games? Frankly, I wouldn’t put it past them!