LAURENT BEMTGEN of Luxembourg landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport in January with curious items in his luggage.

He arrived carrying a five-kilogram steel helmet, like the kind worn by knights in the late 14th century, a wooden shield emblazoned with his coat of arms, a steel breast plate and pads to protect his forearms and legs, gauntlets for his hands, and, of course, his sword.

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