Country: Israel

Israel Nabs 'Antiquities Pirates' at Archaeological Site


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 12th Jun 2017.

How Jews and Arabs Collaborate on Antiquities Theft in the West Bank

(Palestine; Israel)

Yotam Berger, Haaretz, 5th May 2017.

Stolen Second Temple period antiquities recovered in Samaria

(Palestine; Israel)

Ido Ben Porat, Arutz Sheva, 25th Apr 2017.

Jewish family renews fight for Passover manuscript


Daniel Estrin, The China Post, 12th Apr 2017.

Surprising twists in story behind return of artwork stolen by Nazis

(Israel; United States of America)

Aron Heller, Seattle Times, 7th Apr 2017.

Fake Dead Sea Scrolls Sold In The US: Products Of Sophisticated Archeological Forgeries

(Israel; United States of America)

Regin Olimberio, The Science Times, 4th Apr 2017.

28 New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Sold in US

(Israel; United States of America)

Owen Jarus, Live Science, 4th Apr 2017.

Israel Arrests Temple Mount Officials After Assault on Archaeologists


Nir Hasson, Haaretz, 29th Mar 2017.

150 historic Palestinian coins seized in Cairo airport

(Egypt; Palestine; Israel)

Middle East Monitor, 22nd Mar 2017.

Law of Return


Jonathan Kandell, Art & Antiques, 17th Mar 2017.

Diving Robbers Are Looting Underwater Treasures, Archaeologists Wail


Philippe Bohstrom, Haaretz, 15th Mar 2017.

Antiquities theft from second temple period prevented in central Israel

(Israel; Palestine)

Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 6th Mar 2017.

Minister offers Turkish mayor elephants for ancient Hebrew inscription

(Israel; Turkey)

Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 23rd Feb 2017.

Family catches antiquity thief in the act


Arutz Sheva, 20th Feb 2017.

Palestinian nabbed at crossing with sack of ancient coins

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 20th Feb 2017.

Israeli authorities foil ancient Roman coin smuggling attempt

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Ido Ben Porat, Arutz Sheva, 20th Feb 2017.

In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

(Palestine; Israel)

WKNO, 16th Feb 2017.

New Dead Sea Scrolls Find May Help Detect Forgeries


Michelle Z. Donahue, National Geographic, 14th Feb 2017.

New Dead Sea Scrolls cave filled with ancient artefacts discovered for first time in 60 years


Bethan McKernan, The Independent, 9th Feb 2017.

Antiquities robber caught red-handed in a Byzantine site

(Israel; Palestine)

Elisha Ben Kimon, Ynet News, 7th Feb 2017.

Stacks of Stolen Historic Artifacts Seized in Acre


David Israel, The Jewish Press, 30th Jan 2017.

Israeli paintings stolen in Brazil

(Brazil; Israel)

Arutz Sheva, 26th Jan 2017.

Caught red-handed: 11 grave robbers arrested at northern ruins


Arutz Sheva, 19th Jan 2017.

New Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments Found in Judean Desert


Philippe Bohstrom, Haaretz, 21st Dec 2016.

Three looters busted plundering ancient tomb in Galilee


Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 14th Dec 2016.

Court: Names of Israeli Archaeologists Digging in West Bank Can Stay Secret


Nir Hasson, Haaretz, 22nd Nov 2016.

Arson in the Kidron Valley Damages Architectural Jewels


Ilana Messika, The Jewish Press, 13th Nov 2016.

Is Israel's Big New Find a Hoax?

(Israel; Palestine)

Candida Moss, The Daily Beast, 6th Nov 2016.

Palestinians make a play for Dead Sea Scrolls at UNESCO

(Israel; Palestine)

Tovah Lazaroff, The Jerusalem Post, 6th Nov 2016.

Ancient Hebrew Papyrus Seized from Looters, But Is It Authentic?


Owen Jarus, Live Science, 26th Oct 2016.

These Sifrei Torah made it through hard times in Poland, Iraq, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere, before being reborn in new communities.

(Israel; Iraq; Poland; Portugal; Czech Republic; Russia)

The Jerusalem Post, 24th Oct 2016.

A tale of Vermeers, art experts, and the most notorious- forger of the 20th century

(Israel; Netherlands)

Maya Margit, I24 News, 21st Oct 2016.

Israel's antiquities chief compares UNESCO to Islamic State

(Israel; Palestine)

Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 20th Oct 2016.

Are These New Dead Sea Scrolls the Real Thing?


Owen Jarus, Live Science, 10th Oct 2016.

Nine suspects charged with smuggling rare Torah manuscripts into Israel

(Egypt; Israel)

Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt Independent, 7th Oct 2016.

Raiders of the Lost Archive: How Newly Discovered Manuscripts of Afghanistan Ended Up in Israel

(Afghanistan; Israel)

Michael Press, Hyperallergic, 5th Oct 2016.

Ancient capital of Israel site beset by vandalism

(Palestine; Israel)

Assaf Kamar, Ynet News, 3rd Sep 2016.

Israeli museum transfer sets 'dangerous precedent'

(Palestine; Israel)

Ylenia Gostoli, Al Jazeera, 24th Aug 2016.

MKs turn to UNESCO to save prophet's tomb

(Iraq; Israel)

Roi Kais, Ynet News, 8th Aug 2016.

Franz Kafka literary legal battle ends as Israel's high court rules in favor of library


AFP, The Guardian, 8th Aug 2016.

Police detain 5 Wakf members for illegally renovating Dome of Rock


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 4th Aug 2016.

High Court of Justice okays transfer of ancient library to western Jerusalem

(Israel; Palestine)

Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 24th Jul 2016.

Netanyahu Reportedly Secreted Auschwitz Blueprints to Israel


The Jewish Voice, 13th Jul 2016.

Netanyahu unwittingly secreted original Auschwitz blueprints to Israel

(Israel; Poland; Germany)

JTA, The Times of Israel, 7th Jul 2016.

Authorities combine to catch antiquities thieves


Arutz Sheva, 4th Jul 2016.

Ancient Egyptian Relics Returned After Surfacing at Israeli Auction

(Egypt; Israel)

Associated Press, Haaretz, 21st Jun 2016.

Two sarcophagi's lids recovered by Egypt from Israel

(Egypt; Israel)

Nevine El-Aref, Ahram Online, 16th Jun 2016.

Raid in upscale Jerusalem plaza uncovers hundreds of illicitly traded relics


I24 News, 15th Jun 2016.

High school students restore vandalized Ashdod historic site after 'paint party'


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 13th Jun 2016.

Palestine demands return of seized artefacts

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Nasouh Nazzal, Gulf News, 6th Jun 2016.

Driver smuggled antiquities in Norwegian Ambassador's car

(Israel; Palestine; Jordan)

Ari Soffer, Israel National News, 6th Jun 2016.

Israel wards off looters of antiquity high above the Dead Sea


Mike Smith, Yahoo News, 2nd Jun 2016.

National plan to save Dead Sea Scrolls from thieves


Yoni Kempinski, Arutz Sheva, 25th May 2016.

Israel returns to Egypt two stolen artefacts

(Egypt; Israel)

Reuters, Ahram Online, 22nd May 2016.

After 4 years, rare sarcophagi smuggled into Israel to be returned to Egypt

(Egypt; Israel)

Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 18th May 2016.

In new crackdown, antiquities authorities tighten noose around dealers, thieves


Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 16th May 2016.

Youths vandalize historic site


Matan Tzuri, Ynet News, 27th Apr 2016.

Jewish family makes claims to prized Passover manuscript


Associated Press, The Daily Mail, 21st Apr 2016.

Is the Israel Museum's Birds' Head Haggadah Nazi-era loot?


David D'Arcy, The Art Newspaper, 6th Apr 2016.

After 25 years, German doctor returns rare, ancient coin to Israel

(Israel; Germany)

The Canadian Jewish News, 30th Mar 2016.

Yemeni authorities jail Jewish man over airlifted Torah

(Yemen; Israel)

Sandy Rashty, The Jewish Chronicle, 24th Mar 2016.

American tourist sneaks into ancient Jerusalem cave in overnight treasure hunt


Alexander J. Apfel, Ynet News, 16th Mar 2016.

The Trouble With the Maadana: Could an Israeli national symbol be a fake?


Daniel Estrin, New Republic, 16th Mar 2016.

Tel Aviv: Burglars indicted for heist of 17th Century manuscripts


Ben Hartman, The Jerusalem Post, 28th Feb 2016.

Boy finds ancient figurine during Beit She'an outing


Times of Israel, The Times of Israel, 25th Feb 2016.

'Buyer, Be Fair' Nonagenarian Warns Owner of Family Art Stolen in WW2


Ofer Aderet, Haaretz, 8th Feb 2016.

From Auschwitz to Israel, the Saga of a Long-Lost Mini-Torah

(Israel; Austria)

Shlomo Rizel,, 11th Jan 2016.

Muhammad cartoons censored at Charlie Hebdo exhibit in Tel Aviv

(Israel; France)

The Times of Israel, 10th Jan 2016.

How Did Nazi-Looted Art Wind Up in Israel — and What Can Be Done About It?


Naomi Zeveloff, Forward, 10th Jan 2016.

Israeli high court says antiquities dealers must document all artefacts online


Anny Shaw, The Art Newspaper, 7th Jan 2016.

'Revolutionary' court victory against antiquity thieves


Gil Ronen, Arutz Sheva, 29th Dec 2015.

My Great-grandfather, the Man Who Held the Key to the Aleppo Codex

(Israel; Syria)

Judy Maltz, Haaretz, 22nd Dec 2015.

The Israeli Defense Minister Who Stole Antiquities

(Israel; Palestine)

Yael Gruenpeter, Haaretz, 19th Dec 2015.

Israeli museum hopes to solve mystery of looted painting


Peter Beaumont, The Guardian, 16th Dec 2015.

Hanukkah at the Arch of Titus

(Israel; Italy)

Steven Fine, Yale University News, 15th Dec 2015.

Artwork stolen by Nazis found… at Israeli museum


Sue Surkes, The Times of Israel, 15th Dec 2015.

The Breguet That Got Away: History's Greatest Watch Heist

(Israel; United States of America)

Rebekah Bell, The Robb Report, 2nd Dec 2015.

Cops bust antiquities dealer with over 3,000 ancient coins


Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 26th Nov 2015.

Antiquities robbers destroy 1,400-year-old church mosaic


Yori Yalon, Israel Hayom, 8th Sep 2015.

Rare Sarcophagus Discovered at Ashkelon Building Site


Artuz Sheva, Arutz Sheva, 3rd Sep 2015.

Police investigating suspicious east Jerusalem tunnel adjacent to Rockefeller Museum


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 1st Sep 2015.

Young Israeli Girl Breaks 2,000-year-old Vase, Museum Says Thanks


Nir Hasson, Haaretz, 25th Aug 2015.

Israeli Media: Leader of Far-Right Lehava Group Admits Support for Destroying Churches


Jack Moore, Newsweek, 6th Aug 2015.

The antiquities thief who became one of Britain's richest men

(Israel; United Kingdom)

Ofer Aderet, Haaretz, 2nd Aug 2015.

Antiquities theft thwarted near Beit Shemesh in late night helicopter chase


Hayah Goldlist-Eichler, The Jerusalem Post, 30th Jul 2015.

Thief returns stolen Roman ballista stones


Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 13th Jul 2015.

Police arrest Jewish suspects in arson at 'loaves and fishes' church


The Times of Israel, 12th Jul 2015.

Father enlists 4 kids to unearth 'treasure' from Second Temple period protected by 'demon'


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 8th Jul 2015.

Israel cites boycotts, foreign relations in refusal to divulge West Bank archaeology info


Nir Hasson, Haaretz, 8th Jul 2015.

An impossible watch heist, now on display at Jerusalem museum


Ilene Prusher, Haaretz, 1st Jul 2015.

Fire damages landmark Christian site in Israel; arson suspected


Bathsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times, 18th Jun 2015.

Arsonists torch storerooms with 4,000-year-old artifacts


Ilan Ben Zion, The Times of Israel, 16th Jun 2015.

'Cave of the Skulls' Robbers Get Prison Term in Israel


Tia Ghose, Live Science, 9th Jun 2015.

Egypt sues Israel to restore 126 smuggled artifacts

(Egypt; Israel)

Rany Mostafa, The Cairo Post, 24th May 2015.

Boy digs up 1,400-year old wine press in Jerusalem


Ruth Schuster, Haaretz, 18th May 2015.

Israeli Antiquities Squad Stops Wannabe' 'Tomb Raiders' at Ancient Roman Catacomb


Tazpit News Agency, The Jewish Press, 10th May 2015.

How Thieves Stole The Most Expensive Watch In The World: An Excerpt From Marie Antoinette's Watch


John Biggs, Tech Crunch, 7th May 2015.

Watch: Historic Jewish text from Prague stolen years ago found in Israel

(Israel; Czech Republic)

Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, 4th Apr 2015.

Egyptian Artifacts Salvaged from Robbed Tomb in Israel


Megan Gannon, Live Science, 1st Apr 2015.

Man arrested for attempting to loot antiquities from northern underground cave


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 26th Mar 2015.

Tomb raiders arrested in Ashkelon National Park for looting, damaging ancient site


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 1st Feb 2015.

Antiquities Thieves Caught Red-Handed in Judean Desert Caves


Hillel Fendel, Arutz Sheva, 7th Dec 2014.

5 haredim arrested for blocking Jerusalem excavation site


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 3rd Aug 2014.

Police confiscate ancient coffins from tomb raiders in Jerusalem


Daniel K. Eisenbud, The Jerusalem Post, 31st Mar 2014.