Black Spirituality Religion : Antiquities Scholar: Islamic State's Destruction of Museum & Library is Cultural & Ethnic Cleansing

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    Sep 12, 2009
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    Democracy Now - "Video has surfaced showing militants from the Islamic State
    destroying ancient artifacts at a museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Men are seen toppling
    statues and using sledgehammers and drills to destroy the artifacts. The Guardian reports
    one of the statues destroyed was a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back
    to the 9th century B.C. The Islamic State has also reportedly destroyed the Mosul public
    library, which housed more than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts. On Thursday,
    UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, called for the U.N. Security Council to
    hold an emergency meeting on protecting Iraq’s cultural heritage. "I condemn this as a
    deliberate attack against Iraq’s millennial history and culture, and as an inflammatory
    incitement to violence and hatred," said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. We
    speak to Zainab Bahrani, professor of Near Eastern and East Mediterranean art and
    archeology at Columbia University. She has worked extensively in Iraq, including periods
    as senior adviser to Iraq’s Ministry of Culture and a UNESCO consultant."