Despite the protestations of the American Jewish Community, the U.S, Department of State continues to sign 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 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.

Protect Cultural Property of Jews, Christians, and Religious Minorities from The Middle East and North Africa

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C.C. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Gregory Meeks House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member, Michael McCaul Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman, Bob Menendez Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member, Jim Risch Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Matthew Lussenhop Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs, Maureen Cormack Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Lisa Peterson Chair Cultural Property Advisory Committee Department of State, Stefan Passantino

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