Topic ID #21055 - posted 6/26/2012 2:55 AM

Iraq will “use all means” to get archaeological archives back from US

Jennifer Palmer

Iraq will “use all means” to get archaeological archives back from US
AFP | 17 hours ago

BAGHDAD: Iraq has cut cooperation with the United States on archaeological exploration because Washington has not returned Iraq’s Jewish archives, Tourism and Archaeology Minister Liwaa Smaisim told AFP.

The fate of the archives, which were removed from Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion, is a long-running point of contention between Washington and Baghdad, which has for years sought their return.

Smaisim, a member of powerful anti-US Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s movement, said in an interview with AFP that Iraq will use “all the means” to pursue the return of the archives.

“One of the means of pressure that I used against the American side is I stopped dealing with the American (archaeological) exploration missions because of the case of the Jewish archives and the antiquities that are in the United States,” said Smaisim.

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Post ID#19668 - replied 6/27/2012 7:21 PM


These materials were for the most part likely confiscated from emigrating Jews, beginning in the 1930's but especially after the formation of Israel in 1948. Jews were forced to renounce their citizenship and could only leave with a small amount of assets, and the Iraqi government confiscated many millions of dollars in property...Zionist activity was punishable by hanging. Giving this stuff back to Iraq would be pretty similar to returning property confiscated from Jews by the Nazis to the German government.


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