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Egypt to sue Israeli online store over stolen ancient painting

April 30, 2016 8:48 P.M. (Updated: May 1, 2016 12:06 P.M.)
CAIRO (Ma’an) -- The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is preparing legal procedures against an online Israeli antique store after it put up for sale a historical Egyptian painting allegedly confiscated by former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, the Ministry said on Saturday.

Dayan, who served as Israel’s Defense Minister in the 1960s and 1970s, was known for his passion for antiquities, and is believed to have illegally seized a large number of ancient artifacts while looting archaeological sites.

Shaaban Abd al-Jawwad, the ministry’s director of recovered antiquities, told reporters that the ministry was investigating documents related to the painting to find out how it came to be taken out of Egypt, and that it planned on taking all legal steps to halt the sale of the painting.

Abd al-Jawwad said that during the Israeli occupation of the Sinai Peninsula from 1967 to 1979, the Israeli army, led by archeologist Avner Goren, worked in the Hathor temple in Serabet al-Khadim, and “moved many artifacts from the temple to Tel Aviv.”

Only five artifacts from the temple have since been returned to Egypt, Abd al-Jawwad said.
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