Jerusalem Syndrome is a dangerous thing

American Tourist was arrested after having gone treasure hunting in Old City Cave

According to Live Science, around the time of Easter and Passover, a small percentage of visitors to Israel develop a reverence to Jerusalem and may become pathological — in other words, a visit to the city may trigger obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychotic experiences.


He stayed in the Zedekiah’s Cave past closing and hid inside to evade security checks from this major tourist attraction. Even after being arrested, the 19-year-old American traveler could not explain why he was there, however, police suspect he was searching for mythical “treasures.” What seemed to be a awesome sleepover, turned into a legal issue.

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