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NewsAfter the film Cleopatra .. "Afrocentric" raises an Egyptian-Dutch crisis

After the film Cleopatra .. “Afrocentric” raises an Egyptian-Dutch crisis

Details of the crisis, its chapters were originally published by Dutch newspapers, indicating that the Foreign Missions Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities sent an email to the Department of the National Museum of Antiquities RMO in Leiden, the Netherlands -Bas, telling him to prevent the Dutch mission affiliated with the museum from completing its excavation work in the Saqqara region.

The reason for this is what Egyptian authorities have described as the Dutch Museum’s adoption of Afrocentric ideas and appeals and an attempt to falsify ancient Egyptian history.

This is due to the fact that the Dutch museum held an art exhibition called “Kemit”, which started last April and will continue until next September, and has hosted artists such as Beyoncé and Rihanna. During the exhibition, the museum features ancient Egyptian drawings alongside drawings of dark-skinned people.

The Egyptian authorities considered what the Holland Museum was doing to be a promotion of African centralism or Afrocentrism, while the museum management believed that the aim of the exhibition was to show the school of ancient Egypt and the musical messages of black artists, as well as showing what scientific research reveals about ancient Egypt and Nubia, and taking a journey through the history of music and researching the influence of Egypt. Antiquity and Nuba are in the work of many African musicians, including jazz icons like Miles Davis and San Ra.

The Dutch mission began annual excavations in Egypt 40 years ago, and the most recent excavations it conducted at Saqqara were from February 19 to March 23, but the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities refused to grant it a permit for the next excavation season.

On his part, the Director General of the Saqqara Antiquities Region, Mohamed Youssef, revealed to Sky News Arabia that the administration of the Saqqara Archaeological Region has not received any information indicating the renewal of the Dutch mission’s permit.

He explained that at that time, papers had been received by the administration of the region to renew the permits for excavation missions in the region for the next season, but the permit from the Dutch mission is not arrived from the Foreign Missions Department of the Ministry.

For his part, the famous Egyptian archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, said in a statement to “Sky News Arabia” that:

  • The Dutch National Museum has made a big mistake in trying to please a certain group of people, this group that promotes Afrocentricity.

  • The museum held an exhibit on ancient Egypt and brought in celebrities to show that ancient Egyptians had dark skin, which Afrocentric groups are promoting.

  • The administration of the museum did this even though they have a mission working for us in the Saqqara region and they know very well the truth about the history of ancient Egypt and what Afrocentric groups are promoting is forgery and forgery.

  • Therefore, the decision of the Egyptian authorities to stop the work of the Dutch mission in Saqqara and Egypt in general is 100% correct.

  • Anyone who works in Egypt from foreign missions must respect Egyptian history, otherwise he will not be allowed to work in Egypt.

For its part, the management of the Dutch National Museum announced that it was trying to dialogue with the Egyptian authorities on this crisis.

This crisis comes weeks after a crisis triggered by a dramatic documentary film produced by the American platform Netflix which shows the famous black pharaonic queen Cleopatra, while the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities issued a clarification saying that it is a falsification of history and that all the evidence confirms it. that Cleopatra was fair-skinned.

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has indicated that its anger is not related to black-skinned people it values ​​and respects, but rather is related to refusing to falsify historical reality, noting that such falsification is what is the Central African Group. say about the attribution of pharaonic civilization to black Africans.

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