What you need to know:
The archives, after much devoted and skillful attention, were greatly improved, proof of what was the dynamic and living Jewish culture that had existed in Iraq in the past.
S. Res. 577 is a resolution that strongly recommends that the US renegotiate the return of the Iraqi Jewish archives to Iraq.
We believe that since the Iraqi regime confiscated these artifacts, and mistreated and desecrated them, which led to their almost complete deterioration, it is hard to believe that the property of the Iraqi Jewish community would be properly preserved. The Iraqi Jewish community in the US is the constituency of the archive, and is now represented by the Diaspora outside Iraq.
US taxpayers invested $3 million to restore the Iraqi Jewish archive and NARA has worked diligently to preserve it.
We strongly urge that the State Department renegotiate with Iraq the current agreement. We believe this archive should be housed in a location that is accessible to scholars, and to Iraqi Jews and their descendants. It is important that the US reaffirm its commitment justice for victims of ethnic and religious persecution, and the restoration of their stolen property.
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