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‘Palestinian’ father enlists 4 kids to unearth ‘treasure’ from Second Temple period protected by ‘demon’

Antiquities Authority arrests Palestinian family for breaking into Mt. Scopus cave.
ShowImage1One of the suspects at the mouth of the cave‏.. (photo credit:Israel Antiquities Authority)

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.

According to the Antiquities Authority’s Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery, the unidentified father, from east Jerusalem’s Isawiya neighborhood, told his brood that a demon residing in the cave kept a buried treasure there that he wanted to procure.

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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