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Senate Resolution Hopes to Save Iraqi Jewish Archive

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The manuscript of a Passover haggadah that is part of the Iraqi Jewish Archive, books and documents which are on display in Washington, DC, but are set to return to Iraq after the Washington exhibition. Iraqi Jews say the Iraqi government confiscated the materials from them. Photo: National Archives and Records Administration.

Times of Israel – WASHINGTON — Centuries worth of Jewish documents are at risk of vanishing into the vortex of Iraq’s chronic instability, but for American Jewish groups advocating for their preservation, there was a moment of optimism Friday after the US Senate approved a resolution calling for a renegotiation of the archives’ status.

Late Thursday night, the Senate unanimously adopted the resolution, which was initially sponsored by Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-MD), and Ben Cardin (D-MD).

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