There are a number of conflicts ensuing in the geographic and political region known as the Middle East. Despite the 2009 peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan and the generally existing cease-fire, the Arab world and Israel generally remain at odds with each other over specific territory.

Statement by the ICBS on the Destruction of Cultural Property in the Middle East
March 13th 2003

The International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS) is alarmed at reports of damage to, and destruction of, cultural property occurring as a result of continuing armed conflict in the areas administered by Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In making this statement, the International Committee of the Blue Shield takes no position on any of the other issues surrounding the conflicts that are taking place in the region. Cultural property is priceless and irreplaceable, of vital importance not only to each community, but also to humanity as a whole.