2,000-Year-Old Scrolls, Internet-Era Crime

Mr. Golb is 49 years old and had 50 e-mail aliases. He used pseudonyms to post on blogs. Under the name of a professor he was trying to undermine, prosecutors charged, Mr. Golb wrote a quasi confession to plagiarism and circulated it among students and officials at New York University.

His purpose, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said, was “to influence and affect debate on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in order to harass Dead Sea Scrolls scholars who disagree with his viewpoint.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember what I wrote the other day about subverting historical facts to suit a political agenda?

Reference this quote fromn the article: "Mr. Golb’s father is Norman Golb, a professor at the University of Chicago and a critic of claims that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the work of a sect called the Essenes, thought to have lived near the Qumran caves where the scrolls were found. Professor Golb has suggested that the scrolls were actually the product of several libraries in Jerusalem and were taken to the caves around the time the city fell to the Romans in the year 70."

Israel stole the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1967 during the Six Day War. Both the Palestinians, on whose land the scrolls were discovered, and the Jordanians, from whose care the scrolls were stolen, want the scrolls returned.

Clearly, if Norman Golb can sell this idea that the scrolls were created in Jewish libraries, rather than by the Essenes, then Israel can claim to keep the scrolls under the theory they were originally Jewish property to begin with.

Raphael Golb, as has become the normal practice for those who cannot win the debate with facts and logic, has resorted to playing dirty to get his way, harassing his opponents from behind multiple online identities.

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