‘Palestinian’ father enlists 4 kids to unearth ‘treasure’ from Second Temple period protected by ‘demon’
A Palestinian father from Jerusalem, claiming to be an exorcist, was arrested early Wednesday morning – along with four of his children and a family friend – for illegally entering and digging in a cave from the Second Temple period near the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus.
Shortly after the six breeched the government-protected cave, members of the authority’s robbery prevention unit found them endangering the archeological site by using digging equipment in an attempt to find the purported treasure.
“This is the second time in the last year that the Antiquities Robbery Prevention Unit squad stopped antiquities robbers at this important site,” said Antiquities Authority inspector Uzi Rotstein.
Noting that the Mount Scopus area is one of the richest regions in the country in terms of graves from the Second Temple period, Rotsein said valuable relics – including oil lamps, glassware and jewelry – were often buried with the deceased.
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