Despite the protestations of the American Jewish Community, the U.S. Department of State has signed multiple MOU cultural property agreements which transfer ownership of confiscated Jewish communal and private property to Middle Eastern and North African governments. Join us to demand the U.S. consider the rights of ethnically cleansed Jews and religious minorities from the Middle East and North Africa to their cultural properties.
Since 2003, the US Department of State and various government agencies and leaders have led initiatives that officially recognize Middle Eastern government’s cultural property claims. Various agreements with governments in North Africa and the Middle East are based on a flawed premise – that Jewish cultural property constitutes the national heritage of Arab and Middle Eastern governments. In fact, Jewish cultural property in Arab countries was expropriated from private homes, schools, and synagogues. It is the heritage and patrimony of the one million indigenous Jewish refugees who were ethnically cleansed and fled state-sanctioned antisemitic persecution under duress.