Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Youssef Jajati, a Jewish community leader in Syria, points out the Torah holy book preserved in a silver container in Joubar’s Synagogue which dates back to 718 BC. Artifacts removed from one of the oldest synagogues in the world have gone missing from the Syrian capital after neighborhood officials said they gave them to commanders of a rebel group who never returned them. (AP/Bassem Tellawi, File)
Updated 17 June 2018

Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

  • The main missing cache, they say, contained torahs written on gazelle leather as well as tapestries and chandeliers
  • Activists say the artifacts, moved from the now-destroyed Jobar Synagogue in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta suburb when it was taken by rebels

BEIRUT: Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world’s oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad.
Activists say the artifacts, moved from the now-destroyed Jobar Synagogue in Damascus’ eastern Ghouta suburb when it was taken by rebels, were allegedly put into safe keeping to avoid theft and damage in 2013, but twice since then local officials have discovered some are missing.
The main missing cache, they say, contained torahs written on gazelle leather as well as tapestries and chandeliers, and was given to a militia by a local council for safekeeping when rebels surrendered the neighborhood to government forces earlier this year. The armed group says it doesn’t have the items.


UAE FM hold talks with British foreign secretary in London

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UAE FM hold talks with British foreign secretary in London

LONDON: The UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed discussed the situations in Libya, Iran and Yemen with his UK counterpart on Monday.

Sheikh Abdullah held wide-ranging talks with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London.

They discussed strategic relations between the UK and the Emirates and ways to boost bilateral cooperation, including in the health field, state-run WAM news agency reported.
They also discussed the latest regional and international issues of mutual concern, including the conflicts in Libya and Yemen and developments with Iran. 
They also reviewed the Abraham Accords peace treaty signed recently between the UAE and Israel in the US, and its important role in consolidating security and stability in the region.