Iraq’s al-Maliki government has rejected Washington’s offer to return half of Iraq’s Jewish archives stolen by the US occupation forces in 2003. Liwa Samaism, Iraqi Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, in an interview with daily Azzaman early this month, accused the United States of violating international law and its obligations as a former occupying power by holding Iraq’s Jewish archives and other ancient documents.
Iraqi media has blamed the Jewish lobby behind the stalling of the return of the stolen archives and that the Zionist entity was planning to obtain the historic manuscripts from its American colony. Arab League’s deputy secretary General Ahmed ben Helli has confirmed attempts by the Zionist entity to steal ancient Iraqi archives.
“Iraq has been subjected to the biggest theft of its manuscripts and historic treasures and Israel is accomplice to this,” said Helli.
The Jewish archives stolen from Iraq consist of 3,000 documents, 1,700 antiques including old copies of anti-Christ Babylonian Talmud and Torah (OT). Many experts on Judaism argue that Zionist regime is keen on obtaining the archives in order to further distort the history of the Middle East for its own interests.
Edward Peck, former US chief of the mission in Iraq, in an interview with Press TV said: “Iraq says it should stay in Iraq because that is the history. Israel I suppose wants the whole thing and America would probably in this case side with Israel.
Washington, originally, had agreed to return the archives to Baghdad by the end of 2005.
US occupation forces and their Iraqi collaborators (the mob) looted and destroyed Arab world’s largest collection of Holy Qur’an in Baghdad’s national Museum. Iraq has been called one giant historic site, and for 80 years its national Museum has been the repository of irreplaceable records and collections of ancient art and artifacts from the country’s Babylonian, Assyrian, and Mesopotamian past. The ransacking has caused incalculable loss to Iraq’s, and the world’s, cultural heritage, experts say. “If Iraq has anything besides oil, any meaning for humanity, it is in this history,” says Paul Zimansky, professor of Near Eastern archaeology at Boston University.
Before the establishment of the Zionist entity in 1948 – Iraq was home to 125,000 Eastern Jews. By 1954, almost all of them left Iraq for Israel and western countries as result of Zionists’ false flage operations against the local Jewish properties, businesses and Synagogues. Naeim Giladi, an Iraqi Jew, in his book ‘Ben Gurion’s Scandals: How the Haganah & the Mossad Eliminated Jews , in which Giladi discussed the crimes committed by Zionists in their frenzy to import raw Jewish labor. Newly-vacated farmlands had to be plowed to provide food for the European Jewish immigrants and the military ranks had to be filled with conscripts to defend the stolen lands.