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Weapons cache Photo courtesy of Israel Police
Weapons cache Photo courtesy of Israel Police

Pre-independence weapons discovered in synagogue

Workers at Hod Hasharon synagogue discover trunk with Haganah-era weapons while cleaning adjoining supply shed

Raanan Ben-Zur
Published: 02.05.09, 14:59 / Israel News

Weapons from Israel's pre-independence era were discovered Thursday in a large synagogue in Hod Hasharon, in central Israel.


Old weapons (Photo: Courtesy of Israel Police)


The location, which synagogue elders say served as a meeting place for members of the Haganah in the 40s, believe that the arms have not been touched since Israel's War of Independence.


They said that the dozens of worshippers who frequent the synagogue, located near the area's business center, were most likely unaware of the existence of the armaments.


The cache was discovered when caretakers of the building decided to clean out an adjoining supply shed on the second story of the synagogue. The weapons – three stun grenades, a Sten rifle, magazines and a steel helmet - were stored in a wooden trunk in the room.


At this point, it is unclear whether the arms cache belonged to the organization or whether it was merely a private stash belonging to one of the members.


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