For centuries, the Middle East has been a space of coexistence and diversity, home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. In 2014, ISIS embarked on a campaign of targeted attacks against cultural heritage- including Jewish cultural heritage- in order to destroy that coexistence. However, recent developments have inspired many communities to reclaim their heritage and rebuild in the face of ISIS's terrorism. Numerous initiatives have been launched across the globe to help restore the cultural heritage of cities like Mosul and other cities in the region.
On Wednesday, March 16th at 11 am EST, The Program on Extremism at George Washington University hosted an online discussion that will focus on the importance of cultural heritage recovery to combat terrorism and antisemitism. The panel, moderated by Program on Extremism research fellow Omar Mohammed, featured insights from Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission's Coordinator on combating Antisemitism and fostering Jewish life, and Edwin Shuker, Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.