The Israel Antiquities Authority and Atra Kadisha

Avi Sasson, Eliav Taub

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Atra Kadisha is an ultra-Orthodox organisation that is at the forefront of the battle against excavation of ancient graves for fear of desecrating the dignity of the dead. This article examines the interrelationship between the organisation and the relevant state authorities, notably the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), in an attempt to ascertain the extent of bureaucratic rigidity/flexibility in Israel on the issue of excavating ancient graves, and to assess implications of this behaviour for the public space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-623
Number of pages15
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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The authors are grateful for the help and support rendered by the research fund of Ashkelon Academic College, as well as Prof. Yizhak Reiter, Gad Sobol, Roy Maron, and Eli Askozido.

FundersFunder number
Ashkelon Academic College
Eli Askozido


    • Atra Kadisha
    • Israel Antiquities Authority
    • bureaucratization
    • debureaucratization
    • graves


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