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Stolen Vehicle Catches Fire in Samaria Police Chase

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

An Israel Police chase after two stolen vehicles on Route 50 in Samaria ended up with one of the vehicles catching fire when its Arab thief attempted to break through a security check post, Israel Police and Israel’s Defense Ministry said in separate statements. Three Arab suspects were arrested.

The check post separates Route 50 from Route 5, a major Israeli highway connecting to the coastal highway to Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Stolen vehicle turned over at Route 50 check post, Nov. 2, 2006

Stolen vehicle turned over at Route 50 check post, Nov. 2, 2006

One of the stolen vehicles rammed against several cars waiting at the check post, the other caught fire. The fire was put out by local security staff.

One woman suffered a panic attack. The check post was closed down for half an hour, causing enormous delays to Jewish community residents who go through the facility on their way to work.

David Israel

Heirs of Jewish Refugee Suing Met over Stolen Picasso

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The estate of Paul Leffmann, a German-Jewish businessman who fled Nazi Germany in 1938, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Museum of Art in new York, over ownership of Pablo Picasso’s painting The Actor, The Art Newspaper reported.

The 1904-5 oil on canvas painting shows a lanky man gesturing with his hands. The Met curators describe it as a “simple yet haunting” work that marked the beginning of Picasso’s interest in “the theatrical world of acrobats and saltimbanques (acrobats).”

According to the suit, Leffmann sold the painting under duress for $13,200, when he and his wife were in Paris, to pay for their escape to Brazil. The painting was sold to art dealer Hugo Perls and Picasso’s dealer Paul Rosenberg. The painting was then purchased for $22,500 in 1941, by Thelma Chrysler Foy, daughter of founder of the Chrysler Corporation, Walter Chrysler. In 1952, she donated the picture to the Met.

The suit argues that the Met should have known that the original owner was forced to part with the painting, today estimated at $100 million, because he was the victim of “Nazi and Fascist persecution,” according to The Art Newspaper.

The Met argues that Leffamann actually received for his Picasso more “than any other early Picasso sold by a collector to a dealer during the 1930s.” They bring as proof the fact that when the Leffmanns, after the war, were trying to recover their stolen property, they did not include The Actor on their list. If the Leffmanns themselves did not consider the painting stolen, why should the Museum be accused of holding improperly acquired property?

The litigation was begun by Leffmann’s great-grandniece, who presumably discovered her family’s connection to the Met’s Picasso about ten years ago.

JNi.Media

French Government Returns Stolen Degas to Jewish Owners

Monday, May 9th, 2016

“Trois danseuses en buste,” a late 19th-century charcoal sketch of three ballerinas by Edgar Degas which was discovered in 1951 in the building where the Nazi German Embassy resided during the occupation and had since been in the Louvre, was finally returned to its rightful owners on Monday, news outlets reported.

French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay handed the work to Viviane Dreyfus, whose late father Maurice, the owner of the stolen drawing, died in 1957. Ms. Dreyfus said she was “extremely touched” by the gesture, and confessed she didn’t know the work existed, much less that her family owned it, since her father had never spoken about it.

According to the French government, the country’s museums are in possession of some 2,000 similarly unclaimed works, out of which some experts are certain at least 145 were stolen from their Jewish owners by the Nazis.

David Israel

Torah Scroll Stolen from Moshav Bareket

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

A Torah scroll was stolen yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 28) from Moshav Bareket, according to sources from within the community. Bareket is located in the Shefela region, in central Israel.

The writing of the scroll and its intended donation was paid for by a woman in memory of her five lost children.

“The mother hasn’t stopped crying” since the scroll was stolen, a member of one of Israel’s branches of the Chabad-Lubavitch women’s organization, told JewishPress.com on Wednesday.

“Please let people know,” she urged. “Perhaps the stolen scroll will surface if the thieves try to sell it, and then they will be caught and we will be able to recover it.”

Hana Levi Julian

Two Torahs Stolen from Bayit V’Gan Shul

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

On Saturday night thieves broke into the “Gra” shul in Bayit V’Gan in Jerusalem, and stole two Sefer Torahs.

Afterwards, the thieves tried to break into the Orchot Meir yeshiva, but were unsuccessful.

The police are investigating.

As Torah scrolls in Israel are marked so the owners can be easily determined, its not clear what market for a stolen Sefer Torah in Israel actually exists.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Weapons, Ammo Stolen from Karnei Shomron

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Over Shabbat, at around midnight, there was an infiltration into the town of Karnei Shomron. The infiltrators stole a weapon and ammunition.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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