WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) -- Damaged Torah scroll fragments found in a flooded Baghdad basement have been buried in a religious ceremony at a suburban New York cemetery.
The 49 pieces of Torah scroll were among a trove of more than 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents found 10 years ago in the Iraqi intelligence headquarters.
Maurice Shohet is president of the World Organization of Jews from Iraq. He says the burial was done Sunday.
Burial is the method used for the disposal of sacred objects deemed unfit for use under Jewish law. Mold inflicted much of the damage in this case.
About 120 people attended the service at New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island.
They included the Iraqi ambassador to the United States.
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