Archeology in Palestine/Israel is intensely political, even when it
is not wrapped up with home demolitions and ethnic cleansing asit is
in Silwan. When the World Archeological Congress held their latest conferenece
in Ramallah Israeli archeologists could not attend because the Israeli
Government bans its citizens from visiting Ramallah and all other Area
A poarts of he West Bank. WAC’s decision to site the conference in Ramallah
stemmed from past problems with archeologists being refused visas to
attend the WAC’s events in Washington and because Palestinians had difficulties
getting visas to many countries.

Despite this the
Jerusalem Post claimed WAC bias