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Jordan files complaint with United Nations over seizure of Dead Sea Scrolls


TORONTO (RNS/ENI) Jordan has complained to a United Nations agency after Canada refused to seize the Dead Sea Scrolls at a recent exhibit in Toronto.

Jordan says the ancient manuscripts, which had been on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority, were stolen from a museum in East Jerusalem, which Israel seized from Jordan during the Six-Day War of 1967.

Some of the earliest biblical and religious writings ever found, the 2,000-year-old scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd in 1947 in caves overlooking the Dead Sea.

Seventeen of the approximately 900 scrolls had been on display in Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum since June for the hugely popular “Words that Changed the World” exhibition that closed on Jan. 3.

On Jan. 11, after Canada declined to seize the scrolls, Jordan announced that it had complained to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.