Israeli police arrest two with 450-year-old Torah scroll pages

November 24, 2020 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Israeli police arrested two suspects on Monday found to be in possession of 450-year-old Torah scrolls in their home in Yarka, a Druze town in northern Israel.

The old Torah scroll pages. (Police Spokesman)

Drugs and ammunition were also seized at the house.

As part of a police operation to expose drugs and weapons, the forces carried out a search of the complex in Yarka.

During a search of one of the bedrooms, the police found ancient pages of a Torah scroll.

Inspectors from the Israel Antiquities Authority were called to the scene and it is estimated that the pages of the Torah scroll are about 450 years old.

In addition, cannabis was seized at the house, divided into bags weighing about 200 grams, as well as a handle for an M-16 assault rifle and ammunition.

The two suspects, residents of Yarka in their 20s and 50s, were taken for questioning.

The Antiquities Authority will further investigate the discovery of the Torah scroll pages.

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