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Israeli settlers threaten Palestinian archaeology in historic town of Sebastia

The ancient town of Sebastia northwest of Nablus in the West Bank remains a target of continuous attacks by the Israeli army and settlers.
A picture taken on September 30, 2014 shows the town of Sebastia in the northern West Bank, hometown of Raed Saleh, the Palestinian-born Berlin mayoral candidate. After incumbent Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit announced his resignation the Palestinian immigrant Raed Saleh is one of three candidates to replace him. Saleh was was born in Sebastia, near Nablus in the West Bank, and is since three years the president of the Social Democrat Party  (SPD) group in t

The historical town of Sebastia is located on a 440-meter high (one-quarter of a mile) hilltop north of Nablus city and is known as the Palestinian capital of the Romans. The city, famous for its dozens of Roman archaeological pieces and sites, continuously faces attacks by Israeli settlers and the Israeli army, who have their eyes set on its archaeological sites.

In November 2020, Israeli authorities threatened to forcibly remove the 17-meter (56-feet) long Palestinian flagpole erected near the antiquities plaza in the town of Sebastia. The plaza itself is located in Area B of the West Bank, which is under Palestinian civil control and Israeli military control. Israel claims the flagpole provokes the settlers.

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