With thanks: Lisette
Two of the signatories of the bi-partisan letter to John Kerry: members of Congress Jerrold Nadler and Ileana Ros-Lehninen.
A group of 47 Democrat and Republican Congressmen has sent a letter* to the
US Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to ensure that the Iraqi-Jewish
archive be returned to the Iraqi Jews to whom this 'cultural treasure' belongs.
The letter gives an account of how the cache was seized from Baghdad's last
remaining synagogue and deplores the agreement signed between the US and Iraqi governments, committing the US to return the archive to Iraq.
"The Government of Iraq has no legitimate claim to these artifacts. We
firmly believe that these items should be returned to the descendants of the
Iraqi Jewish community, who still mourn the loss of these priceless reminders
of their former lives in Iraq. Therefore we urge the Department of State to
faciliate the return of these items to their rightful owners or their
descendants," the letter says.
Among the signatories are: Steve Israel; Janice Schakowsky; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen;
Carolyn B Mahoney; Jerrold Nadler; Gus M Bilirakis; Carolyn McCarthy; Robert E
Latta; Steve Chabot; Nita M Lowey; Alcee L Hastings; Trent Franks; Pete
Sessions; Brian Higgins; Grace Meng; Alan Nunnelee; Theodore E Deutch; Lois
Frankel; Sander M Levin; Steve Stivers; Tim Griffin; Tim Ryan; Juan Vargas; Mo
Brooks; Patrick Murphy; Chris van Hollen, and 21 others.
The Congressmen's appeal comes on the heels of a statement by Jewish groups asking for US assurances that the Iraqis would protect the archive and make it accessible to Jewish communities around the world.
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Senator's request rebuffed