Friday, March 7, 2014
Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Repatriation of the Iraqi Jewish Archive Introduced in the House
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Congressman Steven Israel (D-NY) have introduced a resolution, HR 505, recommending that the US renegotiate the return of the Iraqi Jewish Archive so that the rights of the Iraqi Jewish community in exile are protected. The resolution mirrors an earlier one that passed by unanimous consent in the Senate. Will the State Department and its Cultural Heritage take heed of these resolutions or will they be ignored? And, if so, will Congress take additional action to stop the repatriation? And what of the ardent repatriationists in the archaeological community? Will they actively oppose the resolution and what it stands for?