ESLI Condemns Destruction of Assyrian Cultural Artifacts by Islamic State

The European Shoah Legacy Institute condemns, in the strongest possible terms and without reservation, the inane and criminal destruction by Islamic State militants this week of irreplaceable Assyrian and Iraqi cultural artifacts at Mosul library and Nineveh Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

The intentional destruction of cultural objects constitutes a war crime under international law and we encourage and support UNESCO in its important and difficult task of safeguarding objects and sites of cultural significance across Iraq and Syria.