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1500-Year-Old Syriac Bible Finds a Home in Turkey

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Turkish police testified in a court hearing in Ankara last week that they believe the manuscript of a bible written in Syriac and dating at least 1500 ago, is in their possession, National Turk reported. In fact, it has been in police custody since being seized from gang of smugglers in southern Turkey, back in 2000.

After waiting eight years in Ankara, the ancient bible was transferred to the local Ethnography Museum under police escort.

The criminals have been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives.

Syriac is the dialect of Eastern Aramaic that was spoken in the early Christian period in the northern Syria, Iraq, and southern Turkey. It was a major literary language, written in the same alphabet of 22 consonants as Hebrew, but also with characters of its own.

Aramaic was the lingua franca of the Near East since before the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem. It is the original language of large sections of the books of Daniel and Ezra, and its Jewish dialect is the main language of the Talmud.

The manuscript, dated 463-4 by its scribe, a bishop named John, includes excerpts from the Bible and the New Testament, written in gold lettering on leather and loosely strung together. Turkish authorities insist it is a cultural asset and should be displayed in a museum.

The manuscript’s value is estimated at $28 million.

The earliest Syriac books were biblical translations, and it has been debated whether one or more of the Four Gospels was originally written in Syriac. The Peshitta or “simple” version became the official translation used by Syriac Churches in the fifth century.

The excerpt from the Torah in the Syriac Bible is the passage concerns the sisters Leah and Rachel, Jacob’s wives, where Leah is having her first three children, to the envy of the childless Rachel.

Turkey Extradites to Israel Europe’s Largest Flesh Trafficker

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Three years after the crisis in the Turkey-Israel relationship, following the IDF takeover of the Mavi Marmara flotilla, Wednesday morning revealed a dramatic example of cooperation between Turkey and Israel. In a rare gesture of cooperation, the Turks complied with Israel’s request to extradite Guy Hasid, 35, from the town of Or Yehuda, one of the largest traffickers in human flesh in Europe and Israel, Maariv reports.

Hasid’s partner in crime, Rami Saban, is serving a sentence of 18 years in prison after being convicted of trafficking in women.

Hasid was in hiding for three years in the Turkish district of Cyprus, where he was arrested a year and a half ago by the Turks at the request of the Israeli Police, and taken to a prison in Ankara.

The extradition procedure took more than a year, until on Tuesday night Hasid was put on a plane, accompanied by the Central Unit Tel Aviv cops, and flown to Israel. The plane landed at Ben Gurion Airport where the extradition proceedings were completed, and in the afternoon the police is expected to request his remand to a detention center.

The investigation of Hasid is being conducted jointly by four different police departments around the world: Israel, Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus. Saban and Hasid are considered the largest traffickers in Europe and among the largest in the world. The Russians claim that the two are responsible for trafficking in 10,000 women.

The Russians submitted to the Israeli police testimonies filed by 150 women who were traded by the two men for the purpose of prostitution. The Tel Aviv police managed to collect another 40 testimonies of women who had been imported by the two men for prostitution.

“They were solely responsible for smuggling women into Israel through the Egyptian border during the ’90s and 2000s,” said Superintendent Eddie Pliner, head of the Russian desk at the Central Unit, Tel Aviv.

According to police, Guy Hasid ran one of Europe’s largest brothels, which he operated under the guise of a strip club in Turkish Cyprus. There is where he shipped dozens of women from the former Soviet Union for prostitution.

“Israeli law allows us to make arrests of criminals who have trafficked in women and used them for prostitution even outside the country,” a senior Central Unit, Tel Aviv, officer told Maariv. “On that basis, we asked the Turkish police for assistance and extradition. The Turks understood well what was involved, and the scope of this man’s criminal activities, and agreed to cooperate with us and make the extradition.”

Two years ago, Rami Saban was convicted in the District Court in Tel Aviv and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Police plan to introduce in the Hasid case most of the evidence that was presented in the Saban case.

In the past, the two men were associated with a suspicion that they imported two professional assassins from Belarus to Israel via Egypt, to take out several key Israeli crime figures.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/turkey-extradites-to-israel-europes-largest-flesh-trafficker/2013/02/13/

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