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Cops find stolen Torah originally from Baghdad that alleged thief planned to sell

Police say scroll is hundreds of years old and worth hundreds of thousands of shekels; was found in home in northern town of Umm al-Fahm

A stolen Torah scroll originally from Baghdad that was allegedly found with a Umm al-Fahm resident arrested by police, on November 17, 2021. (Israel Police)
A stolen Torah scroll originally from Baghdad that was allegedly found with a Umm al-Fahm resident arrested by police, on November 17, 2021. (Israel Police)

Police have recovered a stolen Torah scroll that is hundreds of years old and originally from Baghdad in a home in northern Israel.

Authorities said Wednesday that a suspect in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm planned to sell the scroll for hundreds of thousands of shekels.

Authorities arrested four suspects in the case on suspicion of trafficking in antiquities and possessing stolen property.

The scroll was found in the home of the main suspect, a 64-year-old man.

Police are investigating the case alongside the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The Jerusalem Magistrate Court extended the suspect’s detention until Thursday.

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