2019-11-20 | International News

Take Action: Sign Petition to Protect Jewish Cultural Property

Despite the protestations of the American Jewish Community, the U.S, government continues to sign cultural property agreements which transfer ownership of confiscated Jewish communal and private property to Arab governments. The U.S Department of State is currently considering MOU Cultural Property Agreement requests from Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. Join us to demand the U.S. consider the rights and requests of Jews and religious minorities from the Middle East and North Africa before signing any further agreement.

Since 2003, the US Department of State and various government agencies and leaders have led initiatives that officially recognize Arab governments 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 governments. In fact, Jewish cultural property in Arab countries was expropriated from private homes, schools, and synagogues. It is the heritage and patrimony of 850,000 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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