ALA expresses concern over impact on libraries and other cultural institutions from the recent Gaza conflict

Contact: Michael Dowling

Director, International Relations Office

800-545-2433, ext 3200


For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO - At the recent American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the ALA expressed its concern over the damage to libraries and other cultural institutions in both Gaza and Israel.

ALA calls for the protection of libraries and archives in Gaza and Israel urges the U.S. Government to support the United States Committee of the Blue Shield in upholding the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and calls on the U.S. government to work for a permanent peace in the region.

The full resolution can be viewed at:

For more information please contact Michael Dowling, Director of the ALA’s International Relations Office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 3200, or