Photo Credit: Jorge Novominsky / Flash 90
Israel Police sapper in the Binyamin region

Tourists were surprised to learn that a live spray grenade was found Thursday morning in a museum in Tel Aviv. The grenade was discovered in a closet at the Haganah Museum on Rothschild Street.

The museum itself is located in the house of Eliyahu Golomb, founder of the Haganah and its uncrowned military commander, according to its website. The house, built in 1923, was the secret headquarters of the Haganah, which eventually became the Israel Defense Forces of the modern-day State of Israel.

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It was an grenade from the British Mandate period, apparently produced by fighters in an underground lab in the pre-state years.

The museum called the police bomb squad, and sappers came to take the grenade to another location where they could defuse it safely.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.