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Iraqi Jewish artifacts exhibit opens in Washington

WASHINGTON – The National Archives has opened to the public an exhibit of Iraqi Jewish artifacts it restored. The exhibit displays 24 of thousands of items discovered by U.S. troops in 2003 following the U.S. ouster of Saddam Hussein.

The troops found the items in the waterlogged basement of Iraqi intelligence headquarters. The items were shipped to the National Archives, where experts set about restoring them, and the exhibit that opened Nov. 8 is the first opportunity to see them. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5.

A number of Jewish groups and U.S. lawmakers have protested plans to return the items to Iraq, where there are virtually no Jews, and want the items to remain in the custody of one of the expatriate Iraqi Jewish communities. A State Department official said that won’t happen because the U.S. pledged to return the items to Iraq. Without the promise, the items may have been destroyed, he said.

Israeli aid flows to Philippines

The Israel Defense Forces has sent a 148-member humanitarian delegation to the Philippines to provide search-and-rescue and medical services to areas hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

In addition to the IDF team, other relief from Israeli organizations is also in the Philippines or on the way. The IDF team is equipped with a field hospital as well as about 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies, and will set up the field hospital in Tacloban, capital of the Leyte Province. Officers from the National Search and Rescue Unit of the Home Front Command and senior doctors from the IDF Medical Corps are part of the team.

On Nov. 11, five search-and-rescue and medical experts arrived in Tacloban to determine the urgency of a rapid IDF response. Based on their assessment, immediate deployment of the large-scale delegation was ordered.

A delegation of volunteers from the Towards the Pacific coalition of eight Israeli rescue organizations and humanitarian NGOs, headed by Rescuers Without Borders, also left for the Philippines, with more delegations to follow.

The death toll in the typhoon, which made landfall in the central Philippines on Nov. 8, could be at least 10,000, according to reports. At least half a million people also have been left homeless. An emergency response team sent by the Israeli disaster relief organization IsraAid to the areas hardest hit arrived Nov. 11 and will be working primarily in Tacloban City.

How you can help typhoon victims

The following Jewish organizations are among those collecting donations to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: The Jewish Federations of North America (, Union for Reform Judaism (, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (, Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief (, and American Jewish World Service ( The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief is comprised of a number of other Jewish organizations.

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