Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Confiscation and Auction of Iranian Historical Artifacts

In 2006, I wrote that the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute was being sued to turn over ancient Iranian artifacts so that they could be auctioned and the proceeds used to compensate victims of bombings in Israel(!).

It seems that this looting of Iranian artifacts is one step closer to realization, so please take a moment to write a letter to President Obama and the Department of Justice asking them to intervene. You don't have to sign the cheesy (and in some places, rather problematic) letter that NIAC has written up; I wrote up my own letter and used their form to send it. It is quite convenient and NIAC should be commended for taking up the effort, even if the actual letter they wrote leaves much to be desired.