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    Stolen Iraqi books found in Israel Sat, 28 Jun 2008 http://www.presstv. ir/detail. aspx? id=61828§ionid=351020201 Some 300 rare and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 8, 2008
      Stolen Iraqi books found in Israel
      Sat, 28 Jun 2008
      http://www.presstv.<http://www.presstv./> ir/detail. aspx?
      id=61828§ionid=351020201


      Some 300 rare and valuable Iraqi books which were stolen after the
      US-led invasion of the country have been secretly moved into Israel.

      According to Israeli Ha'aretz daily, the Jewish manuscripts included
      a1487 commentary on the biblical Book of Job and another volume of
      biblical prophets printed in Venice in 1617.

      The books were part of massive collection which was kept in the
      headquarters of Saddam Hussein's secret police, Mukhabahrat in
      Baghdad. Many of the volumes were damaged during the bombardment of
      the Iraqi capital by the US-led forces in March 2003.

      A large number of the volumes of the collection were stolen after
      the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), a division of the US
      Department of Defense which administered Iraq at that time, decided
      to send the books to the Library of Congress in Washington to be
      repaired.

      "We bought them from thieves," Mordechai Ben-Porat, an Iraqi-born
      Jew and the founder of al-Quds' Babylonian Jewry Heritage centre
      told the newspaper.

      Porat, who is also a Knesset (Parliament) member, added that his
      foundation spent some 25,000 dollars (16,000 euros) to transfer the
      books to Israel.

      Iraq once hosted a 2,600 year-old Jewish community that numbered
      some 130,000 people in 1948.


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