Deutch Applauds Agreement on Iraqi Jewish Archives
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Democrat on Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued this statement on the recently announced agreement between the Iraqi and U.S. governments on the status of the Iraqi Jewish archives:
"I applaud the agreement reached between the U.S. government and Iraqi government to allow the “Discovery and Recovery” exhibit of Iraqi Jewish Archives to remain in the United States for an extended period. This collection of almost 2,700 artifacts, consisting of Torah scrolls, prayer books, and school records, is integral to preserving the history of the Iraqi Jewish community. The National Archives has done a wonderful job restoring these religious texts and community records, and I believe that more Americans should have the chance to view this exhibit and learn about the rich history of Iraqi Jews.
I will continue to work closely with the State Department and the Iraqi Jewish diaspora community to ensure that these artifacts and the history of Iraqi Jewry are preserved and remembered."