The deputy mayor of Safed has been charged with stealing 23 paintings. They're worth tens of millions of dollars, and some were painted by greats like Manet, Delacroix and Cezanne.
The paintings originally had been donated to the city and displayed in an art museum. They disappeared after the building was converted into a bible museum in 1985 and most of the works were put in storage.
The deputy mayor is under house arrest, but he has kept his official job and will be running next month to retain his city council seat.
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