Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Torah scroll thief arrested in Baghdad

Iraq is fuming with indignation at the 'theft' of Torah scrolls which it assumes are part of its national heritage. In fact Torah scrolls always belong to the Jewish community. They are either in use for prayer, buried if they fall into disuse, and  as far as possible travel with the community they belong to. Trafficking Torah scrolls is an aberration.


 The rare Torah scroll found in Iraq and rededicated at the Israel Foreign Ministry

The Arabic online news medium Elaph reports that the thief of a 700-year-old Torah scroll was arrested yesterday when he tried to sell it. He admitted that the scroll had been stolen from the home of a former regime official.

The defendant admitted that he is a broker, working for a dealer, who stole the Torah in the chaos prevailing during the American invasion of Baghdad in 2003.

Iraq protested  earlier this year that a rare Torah scroll had been spirited away to Tel Aviv. It asked  Interpol to assist in its return. Israel has confirmed that the Torah, found by US troops in Baghdad in 2003, had been repaired and a special re-dedication ceremony for it was held in Israel.

According to the US study entitled "Targeting manuscripts in Iraq during the war, 1991 - 2003," US Pentagon official Ismail Stone,was sent to supervise the body of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq after the occupation of Iraq, and it was he who was behind the transfer of manuscripts to America. 

Presumably, the newspaper is referring to the hoard of Jewish documents found in the flooded basement of the secret police headquarters in 2003 and shipped to the US for restoration. 

 The defendant is presumably the same broker who appropriated a rare copy of the Book of Job, published in 1487, and given to an Iraqi official as a gift.  Elaph quotes the veteran Mossad official Mordechai Ben Porat telling Haaretz  that  a rare copy of the Book of Job and a section of the Book of Prophets published in Venice in 1617, had been transferred to Israel from the secret police headquarters in Baghdad.

nnounced in Baghdad today for the arrest of a person in possession of a copy of the 700-year-old Torah when he tried to sell it, where admitted stolen from the home of a former regime officials.
London: Judge Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar, the official spokesman of the Iraqi judiciary, said on Monday, that the detachments intelligence department and the fight against terrorism, al-Karkh in Baghdad managed in coordination with the Central Investigating Court to arrest the person in possession of the book Torah enriched-old back to 700 years.
He pointed out that the defendant admitted that a broker working for a dealer who stole the Torah from the home of one of the officials of the former regime during the events of the ninth of April 2003, "the chaos in the Iraqi capital after entering the US with troops and shot down the former regime.
He said the judicial official, in a press statement seen the text "Elaph", said the arrest of the accused, who ratified his words judicially, was in accordance with Article 45 of the Antiquities and Heritage Law No. 55 of 2002 average.
He explained that the adjustment process after the display has accused the Torah for sale in one of the central areas of the capital Baghdad, according to intelligence information, but he did not mention the identity of the trader or Sargaha former official, who was stolen from his home a copy of the Bible of the Jewish name of this.
It is noteworthy that Iraq had protested earlier this year on the United States to deliver his manuscript rare Torah to Tel Aviv, called Interpol and international organizations to assist in the recovery of this manuscript stolen from Israel.
Israeli circles then celebrated the arrival of the Iraqi version of the manuscript of the Torah to the Jewish state, while the circles of parliamentary and cultural Iraqi voiced frustration with Washington delivery of this manuscript to Tel Aviv after taking it after the occupation of Iraq in the spring of 2003.
And it demanded the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of the Iraqi American center "Nara" which is the maintenance and restoration of Iraqi Archive Hebrew provide clear answers on how to access this manuscript to Israel. Confirmed earlier claims were submitted to the United States, "the need to restore all the Hebrew Archive materials to his country Iraq and an end to this file, which was scheduled to end in 2005," he said in a press statement seen the text "Elaf" Monday.
And called on the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Iraq the international community and international organizations, especially UNESCO and the International Police, "Interpol" to help Iraq recover this important manuscript traceable to him "as part of the parking civilized world with us to recover our monuments and heritage looted," he said.
Israeli Foreign Ministry has confirmed the arrival of the manuscript Iraqi Torah to Israel after being found by US troops in Baghdad in 2003, explaining that it had been repaired during the seven-month period, where he established the Israeli Foreign Ministry to mark the participation of Jewish rabbis celebrate the arrival of the manuscript to Israel.
Iraqi officials Ohdoa Israel Jewish precious manuscripts
The arrival of these Iraqi manuscript to Israel despite US promises of previous re-Jewish archives seized by US troops immediately after the occupation of Baghdad, the spring of 2003 to Iraq, where you expect a competent Iraqi sources not to re-Jewish Archive full to Iraq despite those promises, pointing to the existence of a plan to empty Iraq came of covenantal heritage.
And a copy of the Torah those rare and was among the mysterious journey from Baghdad to Washington after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 finally resolved in the corridors of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, where religious decrees received punctuated by songs and hymns and distributing candy.
He said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the return of the manuscript, which was found in the Iraqi intelligence warehouses in Baghdad to the synagogue in the ministry as "representing the fate of the Jews," while specialists Israeli acknowledged that this manuscript is one of the remnants of the Jewish community that lived in Iraq since ancient times and indicated that Using their access to Israel "remains uncertain" under the provision of different theories officials and statements about them.
The US study entitled "Targeting manuscripts in Iraq during the war, 1991 - 2003," said the representative of the Ministry of Defense, "Pentagon" Ismail Stone, an American nationality was sent to supervise the body of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq after the occupation of Iraq, and it was he who was behind the transfer of manuscripts to America.
For its part, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the Labour MP Jew Mordechai Ben-Porat, one of the descendants of the Jews of Iraq, a researcher at the legacy of the Jews of Babylon actually Center near Tel Aviv, had revealed earlier that government officials in Iraq Ohdoa Israel some of the manuscripts, ancient and precious, and they were able to get a rare comment to the Book of Job was published in 1487 and a section of the books of the prophets published in Venice in 1617 from vulnerable to a former Iraqi intelligence stores.
- See more at: https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&sl=ar&tl=en&u=http://elaph.com/Web/News/2015/11/1054218.html&usg=ALkJrhhiEQkwkm0FpEzMd8j9EhuG5AWjEQ#sthash.TEjmAnFM.dpuf
nnounced in Baghdad today for the arrest of a person in possession of a copy of the 700-year-old Torah when he tried to sell it, where admitted stolen from the home of a former regime officials.
London: Judge Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar, the official spokesman of the Iraqi judiciary, said on Monday, that the detachments intelligence department and the fight against terrorism, al-Karkh in Baghdad managed in coordination with the Central Investigating Court to arrest the person in possession of the book Torah enriched-old back to 700 years.
He pointed out that the defendant admitted that a broker working for a dealer who stole the Torah from the home of one of the officials of the former regime during the events of the ninth of April 2003, "the chaos in the Iraqi capital after entering the US with troops and shot down the former regime.
He said the judicial official, in a press statement seen the text "Elaph", said the arrest of the accused, who ratified his words judicially, was in accordance with Article 45 of the Antiquities and Heritage Law No. 55 of 2002 average.
He explained that the adjustment process after the display has accused the Torah for sale in one of the central areas of the capital Baghdad, according to intelligence information, but he did not mention the identity of the trader or Sargaha former official, who was stolen from his home a copy of the Bible of the Jewish name of this.
It is noteworthy that Iraq had protested earlier this year on the United States to deliver his manuscript rare Torah to Tel Aviv, called Interpol and international organizations to assist in the recovery of this manuscript stolen from Israel.
Israeli circles then celebrated the arrival of the Iraqi version of the manuscript of the Torah to the Jewish state, while the circles of parliamentary and cultural Iraqi voiced frustration with Washington delivery of this manuscript to Tel Aviv after taking it after the occupation of Iraq in the spring of 2003.
And it demanded the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of the Iraqi American center "Nara" which is the maintenance and restoration of Iraqi Archive Hebrew provide clear answers on how to access this manuscript to Israel. Confirmed earlier claims were submitted to the United States, "the need to restore all the Hebrew Archive materials to his country Iraq and an end to this file, which was scheduled to end in 2005," he said in a press statement seen the text "Elaf" Monday.
And called on the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Iraq the international community and international organizations, especially UNESCO and the International Police, "Interpol" to help Iraq recover this important manuscript traceable to him "as part of the parking civilized world with us to recover our monuments and heritage looted," he said.
Israeli Foreign Ministry has confirmed the arrival of the manuscript Iraqi Torah to Israel after being found by US troops in Baghdad in 2003, explaining that it had been repaired during the seven-month period, where he established the Israeli Foreign Ministry to mark the participation of Jewish rabbis celebrate the arrival of the manuscript to Israel.
Iraqi officials Ohdoa Israel Jewish precious manuscripts
The arrival of these Iraqi manuscript to Israel despite US promises of previous re-Jewish archives seized by US troops immediately after the occupation of Baghdad, the spring of 2003 to Iraq, where you expect a competent Iraqi sources not to re-Jewish Archive full to Iraq despite those promises, pointing to the existence of a plan to empty Iraq came of covenantal heritage.
And a copy of the Torah those rare and was among the mysterious journey from Baghdad to Washington after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 finally resolved in the corridors of the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, where religious decrees received punctuated by songs and hymns and distributing candy.
He said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the return of the manuscript, which was found in the Iraqi intelligence warehouses in Baghdad to the synagogue in the ministry as "representing the fate of the Jews," while specialists Israeli acknowledged that this manuscript is one of the remnants of the Jewish community that lived in Iraq since ancient times and indicated that Using their access to Israel "remains uncertain" under the provision of different theories officials and statements about them.
The US study entitled "Targeting manuscripts in Iraq during the war, 1991 - 2003," said the representative of the Ministry of Defense, "Pentagon" Ismail Stone, an American nationality was sent to supervise the body of Antiquities and Heritage of Iraq after the occupation of Iraq, and it was he who was behind the transfer of manuscripts to America.
For its part, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the Labour MP Jew Mordechai Ben-Porat, one of the descendants of the Jews of Iraq, a researcher at the legacy of the Jews of Babylon actually Center near Tel Aviv, had revealed earlier that government officials in Iraq Ohdoa Israel some of the manuscripts, ancient and precious, and they were able to get a rare comment to the Book of Job was published in 1487 and a section of the books of the prophets published in Venice in 1617 from vulnerable to a former Iraqi intelligence stores.
- See more at: https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&sl=ar&tl=en&u=http://elaph.com/Web/News/2015/11/1054218.html&usg=ALkJrhhiEQkwkm0FpEzMd8j9EhuG5AWjEQ#sthash.TEjmAnFM.dpuf

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