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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.

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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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Rachel Avraham

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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