Thursday, October 24, 2013

Schumer Seeks to Block Return of Jewish Artifacts

Senator Chuck Schumer, who was highly critical of the State Department's handling of import restrictions on cultural goods from China, has now sought to block the State Department's proposed repatriation of Jewish artifacts to Iraq. The New York Daily News quotes Senator Schumer as follows:

"These sacred artifacts were taken from the Iraqi Jewish community and thus do not belong to the Iraqi government,” the senior New York senator told the Daily News. “They belong to the thousands of Iraqi Jews, an ancient and once-vibrant community, who were exiled many years ago," Schumer said.

Will the State Department defy Senator Schumer yet again in pursuit of its Cultural Heritage Center's repatriationist agenda?

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