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Country Summary for ISRAEL

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property


'Authority'—the Antiquities Authority, as understood in the Antiquities Authority Law, 5749-1989.

'Director'—Director of the Antiquities; (1989 Authority Law, Art. 33, para. 1)

(1) Any object, whether detached or fixed, which was made by man before the year 1700 of the general era, and includes anything subsequently added thereto which forms an integral part thereof;
(2) Any object referred to…which was made by man in or after the year 1700 of the general era, which is of historical value, and which the Minister has declared to be an antiquity;
(3) Zoological or botanical remains from before the year 1300 of the general era;

'Antiquity site'—area which contains antiquities and in respect of which the Director has made a declaration;

'Collection'—an assemblage of antiquities, other than antiquities in the possession of a dealer in antiquities as trading stock; (1978 Antiquities Law, Ch. 1).

III.  Export Restrictions

IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
Mr. Israel Hasson
Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA)
P.O.B. 586 Jerusalem
Israel 91004

Mr. Amir Ganor
Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Looting

Dr. Gideon Avni
Head, Archaeology Division
(Ruth Peled:

Ph: 972-2-589 2286
F: 972-2-589 2238

Yoli Schwartz
Press Officer, Office of the Spokesperson