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April 18, 1983
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In the biggest heist in Jerusalem’s — and possibly Israel’s — history, $5 million worth of rare and precious clocks and watches were stolen Friday night from an Islamic museum in West Jerusalem. Police said the gang of thieves had obviously known what they were looking for and removed the most valuable items from the display cases. The plundered museum is the L.A. Mayer Memorial Institute for Islamic Art, located in the residential area of Katamon, close to the official residence of the President. The museum is named after the late Leon Aria Mayer, Hebrew University Professor of Islamic Studies.

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