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Rachel’s Tomb: A Jewish Holy Site Since Ancient Times

The sixteenth century Arab historian Mujir Al Din wrote that Rachel’s Tomb was a Jewish holy place.
Prayers at Rachel's tomb on our matriarch's yahrzeit.

Prayers at Rachel's tomb on our matriarch's yahrzeit.
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A U.N. paper from 1949 that documents holy places in Palestine also lists Rachel’s Tomb as a Jewish holy site. Incidentally, it does not list it as a Muslim holy site. Recently Rachel’s tomb has come under attack physically by Arab rioters as well as culturally by anti-Semitic historical revisionists who falsely claim Rachel’s tomb was also a mosque.

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About the Author: Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language internet edition of Israel's Channel 2 News. She completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. The subject of her MA thesis was: "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media."

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3 Responses to “Rachel’s Tomb: A Jewish Holy Site Since Ancient Times”

  1. It was a huge mistake when Levi Eshkols' request to include the tomb in the annexation of Jerusalem was not implemented.

    In any possible peace agreement that would alter the borders Rachel's tomb should be included within Israel.

    Everyone with a desire to pray there (as opposed to anyone with an intent to murder worshipers there) should be welcome to come there.

  2. Rhonda Clark says:

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