Two statements from the IAA

The International Association of Assyriology has put out the following two statements, regarding the conflict and destruction in the Middle East, and regarding the order restricting entry to the United States.

For the full pdf-versions of the statements, including French, German, Arabic, Italian, and Turkish translations, see the IAA website.

Regarding the continuing conflict and destruction in the Middle East (as of December 2016):

“The growth of humanitarian crises in the Middle East continues to be a tragedy for the residents across the region. The IAA is particularly sensitive to this human tragedy since the ancient societies that we study all had their homes in the region, and our members have a long history of working with colleagues and communities there.

Alongside the danger to human life, these conflicts pose a grave threat to the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Middle East. Damage to this heritage strikes at the identity and valued traditions of the peoples of the region. There is also a long history of the politicization of the surviving sites, monuments, and remains of the ancient communities of the region.

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