(Times of Israel) Reports that more fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls are on the market have directed a spotlight on the ownership of some of the world's most famous manuscripts.
In Israel, officials are not eager to comment about this week's AP report that the Palestinian family that began selling scrolls in the 1940s is still marketing pieces to collectors in the US and Europe.
There appears to be no legal barrier to the Kando family's sale of the pieces, because the scroll fragments are kept in Switzerland — where the family claims they have been since before Israel passed a 1978 law forbidding the removal of antiquities from the country without government approval. That leaves Israel with no way to stop the sales.
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