Iraq rejects offer for half of Jewish archive


It’s all or nothing – Iraq will not compromise on the Jewish archives. To read this JTA article, printed in the Times of Israel you would never know that the books, scrolls and documents were stolen from Jewish homes and synagogues.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iraq has rejected a US offer to receive half of the country’s Jewish Archives, which were removed from Iraq in 2003 following the US launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The refusal appeared last month in the Iraqi newspaper al-Sabah, according to the Press TV news service.

The archives, which were discovered in the flooded basement of Iraqi intelligence headquarters in Baghdad, include Torah scrolls, and Jewish law and children’s books. Seventy percent of the collection consists of Hebrew-language documents and 25 percent is in Arabic. The rest of the documents are written in other languages.

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4 Comments

  • who offered Iraq any part of property that doesn't belong to Iraq?

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  • The scrolls are not for the US to offer to Iraq. They should be returned to the Iraqi Jewish community in Israel.

    They don't belong in Iraq and they don't belong in the US.

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  • Those who persecuted and murdered the Jews get to keep their cultural inheritance.

    What chutzpah!

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