High court of justice (the high court of appeals), composed of three judges decided to dismiss 15 the major antiquities dealers, demanding to recognize illegal the new guidelines on reporting, approved by the office of antiquities.
Under the new rules, the Antiques dealer must keep a record available of the product in electronic form, transmitting reports in real time at the IAA. Each product should have its own unique «passport» that includes all the data and photo.
This system should allow to track the movement of Antiques in Israel from dealer to dealer, as well as to consider selling to private individuals in Israel and abroad (subject to obtaining permission for export).
According to the chief of the anti theft in the antiquities authority Amir of Genera, in Israel there are about 70 licensed antiquities dealers.
Comparison reporting at the beginning of 80-ies, when was adopted the previous version of the regulations with current reporting shows that the number of available Antiques purchased by the dealers before 1978, has not changed. And this is despite the fact that every year, vendors sell up to 45 thousand Antiques.
According to experts, every year in antique shops in Israel and abroad get thousands of antiquities taken from the field of illegal excavations.