Decades after theft, antiquities returned with note: They brought me nothing but trouble

Amos Cohen, an employee of the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Beersheba, did not believe his eyes last week when he opened a bag left in the museum’s courtyard containing two sling stones and a typed, anonymous note, written in Hebrew.

“These are two Roman ballista balls from Gamla, from a residential quarter at the foot of the summit,” the note read.

“I stole them in July 1995, and since then they have brought me nothing but trouble. Please, do not steal antiquities!”


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