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May 11, 2017 1:39 pm

Israel Police Raid Recovers Stolen Jewish Antiquities Near Hebron

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The stolen Jewish antiquities Israeli authorities recovered near Hebron. Photo: Israel Police.

JNS.org – A hoard of ancient Jewish antiquities was recovered by the Israel Police and the IDF near Hebron on Wednesday, during a raid on a home in the Palestinian town of Beit Ula.

The cache of recovered objects includes dozens of ancient coins, oil lamps, jewelry and Jewish ritual objects. Archaeologists who inspected the recovered items stated the relics are from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, as well as the Middle Ages. The items are estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Police detained the owner of the home, a Palestinian suspect in his 50s, who was scheduled to be brought before a military court on Thursday. Israeli authorities were seeking to extend his detainment.

Wednesday’s recovery of the ancient relics near Hebron follows the recent recovery of two ancient Torah scrolls by Turkish authorities. One of the scrolls is inscribed on gazelle leather and believed to be about 1,500 years old. The second recovered Torah scroll is gold-plated and valued at around $3 million.

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