Oriental Institute wins lawsuit, keeps Iranian tablets

15 Apr 2014 1:12 PM | Anonymous

Oriental Institute wins lawsuit, keeps Iranian tablets

In the third court ruling in a 17-year dispute, court rules Oriental Institute can keep Iranian tablets.

Photo: Courtesy of the University of Chicago
Pictured: one of several Achaemenid Tablets owned by the Oriental Institute and discovered during an excavation in the 1930s.
In late March, the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute won the right to keep a collection of Iranian tablets in a court case that marked the latest chapter of a 17 year–long dispute.

The conflict over the tablets originated in 1997 when a shopping mall in Jerusalem was the target of a Hamas-led terrorist attack. A group of nine American survivors filed successfully in U.S. courts for over $300 million for damages against the Republic of Iran, which has funded Hamas periodically. Iran refused to pay the damages, and the plaintiffs have since tried to get their compensation elsewhere, including by claiming a right to a collection on loan from Iran at the Oriental Institute. The same group has also unsuccessfully attempted to seize Iranian artifacts from the Field Museum and from museums in Massachusetts and Michigan.



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