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Putin Wears “Happy Smile” to Return Ancient Books to Jewish Group

June 19, 2013


There has been a long-running US-based legal conflict between Russian and the Jewish Chabad-Lubvitch movement, based in Brooklyn, over a collection of books. The group’s leader was permitted to leave the Soviet Union in 1927 but his books ended up in the hands of the Russian government in the process. The Jewish group filed and […]

Plans to ‘Invest’ in Ancient Sites Angers Palestinians

January 31, 2013


Israel is forging ahead with plans to invest in a number of its national heritage sites, including nine sites along the West Bank. The plans, including that of adding a handicapped accessible entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, have elicited a an angry response from Palestinians. When Israeli officials initially announced that they would […]

Church of the Nativity, Congo, and Xanadu Added to World Heritage List

July 17, 2012


UNESCO has recently added 26 new sites to its World Heritage List. In total, five sites were added to the “natural” category, one site was added to the “mixed” category, and 20 sites were added to the “cultural” category. Over half of the new World Heritage sites are located outside of North America and Europe. […]

Israel’s Olympic Mascot Ruled Copyright Violation

February 21, 2012


The Tel Aviv District Court has ordered the Olympic Committee of Israel (OCI) to discontinue use of its cactus-shaped mascot due to its similarity to a 1970’s Israeli Educational Television character, “Kishkashta.” Educational TV sued OCI alleging copyright infringement. The court awarded Educational TV attorneys fees but no compensation, finding that the character had not […]

United States Cuts off Funding to UNESCO

November 28, 2011


Longstanding American legislation took effect last month cutting off funding to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization when the latter voted to give full membership to the Palestinians. The legislation provided for immediate cessation of financial aid to any organization that approved Palestine as a full member.  The US provides 22% of the […]

Israeli Parliament Considers Privatizing Archaeology Sites

October 14, 2011


Israeli archaeologists and historians are protesting a proposed bill that would privatize national parks, including Silwan, a popular Israeli archaeological park.  Advocacy groups are petitioning for parliament to vote down the bill, arguing that privatization would cater to political interests while damaging minority communities and unbiased scientific research. The private Elad Foundation manages the Silwan […]

Disputes Over Cultural Property in Israel and Palestine

May 25, 2011


Finally, I have arrived. I realized it this morning when I saw that I had been quoted in The Art Newspaper, which I love.  I’m talking about multiple-paragraphs-quoted.   I also managed not to say anything too entirely asinine. Like I said — arrived. Check out Israel and Palestine: who owns what? covering debates over […]

Cultural Property Law on November 1, 2010: Geomungos, Mummy Mail, and a Million Dollar Bird

November 1, 2010


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! A commercial salvage diver in Florida pulled up a 77 gram, 22 karat golden bird dated to 1715 and worth nearly $1 million. (Wowzas!) A new development in the Tomb of the Patriarchs story that we’ve been following: UNESCO is trying to protect the heritage sites in occupied Palestine […]

EU Weighs in on West Bank Heritage Designation?

March 1, 2010


Last week the CPAL Blog reported on the riots following Israel’s designation of West Bank heritage sites.  Arab News attributes the following quote to Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy director — [The EU] regards the recent decision by the government of Israel to add sites in Hebron and Bethlehem to the list of Israeli […]

Riots on West Bank Over Alleged Violation of Hague Convention

February 24, 2010


The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned a decision by Israel to name the Cave of Machpelah (also called Cave of the Patriarchs, and known to Muslims as Ibrahimi Mosque) on the West Bank as an Israeli “National Heritage” site.  Another last minute addition to the list of Israeli holy sites was Bilal Ibn […]