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Arab Media Outlet Struggles w/ Cave of Patriarchs Closure to Muslims on Rosh Hashana

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

As usual, the Cave of the Patriarchs will be open to Jewish worshipers only on Thursday and Friday, the two days of Rosh Hashana, which are the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

The closure of the Ibrahimi Mosque at the site, however, has apparently upset editors at the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, a Palestinian Authority-backed media outlet which reported the news as follows:

The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron will be closed to Muslim worshipers on Thursday and Friday, an official at the mosque told Ma’an Sunday. Hijazi Abu Sneina told Ma’an the mosque would be open to Israeli settlers during the two days of Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year, but closed to Muslims. The Ibrahimi Mosque, believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham, is located in central Hebron, a frequent site of tensions due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City. “

Ma’an fails to note that Jews are banned from entering the site on Islamic holidays. Nor does the news agency accurately report the fact that the site is open to all Jews, not just “settlers.” Moreover, the “tensions” referred to in the coverage are hardly due to the presence of Israelis in the city, but rather to the murderous Arab attacks on Jews who have made their homes in Hebron for the past decades.

Hebron is mentioned in the Bible as one of the four holy cities in Judaism; the capital is Jerusalem, and the others are Tzfat and Tiberias.

The Ibrahimi Mosque is the only intact Second Temple period structure in existence, located directly over the burial place of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The structure pre-dates Islam and Muslim conquest of the area.

The cave itself, known in Hebrew as the Cave of Machpelah, and the adjoining field were purchased literally thousands of years ago from Ephron by the patriarch Abraham specifically for the purpose of using it as a burial site for his wife Sarah, who had just died.

One can find the reference in the Book of Genesis. (23:1-20) Later in the same Book of Genesis it is written how the rest of the patriarchs and matriarchs were also buried there, with the exception of Rachel, who died in childbirth on the road near Bethlehem.

In Israel, very few locations are free of Jewish historical reference; most link back way before the time of the founding of the Palestinian Authority or Islamic existence — a fact that appears to irk the entity to this day.

Police Stop Another Attempted Terrorist Attack at Patriarchs’ Cave

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Israel Border Police arrested on Tuesday another Palestinian Authority Arab planning to stab Jews at the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron, where attempted knife attacks have become routine.

The 21-year-old terrorist from the Hevron area admitted to police, who discovered he was hiding a sharpened tool behind his back, he was planning to stab a soldier in revenge for previously having been arrested in Beit Shemesh.

The official Palestinian Authority WAFA website continued on Tuesday to incite Arabs against a Jewish presence in and near the Patriarchs’ Cave. It reported that Jews tried to turn a nearby building “into a Jewish temple.” Their proof was that “Jewish settlers brought chairs and other furniture,…which indicates they want to turn it into a prayer area for Jews.”

PA Mourns Failure to Take over Rachel’s Tomb as Muslim Holy Site

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Tens of thousands of Jews are visiting Rachel’s Tomb Tuesday, the anniversary of her death as described in the Torah, to pray for Rachel to cry for them that their prayers be answered.

No tears need be shed for the Palestinian Authority, which can mourn for itself for not being able to hoodwink the world to believe Rachel’s Tomb is a Muslim holy site.

The Torah states in Genesis (B’reisheit’), “And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Efrat, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.”

Before the Palestinian Authority campaign to rewrite the Bible and ancient history, Muslim authorities for centuries had acknowledged that Rachel’s Tomb is Jewish.

Excited by their blood-letting suicide bombings, firebomb and shooting attacks on Jews in the 1990s, the Palestinian Authority suddenly stopped referring to the site as “Rachel’s Dome” and called it the Mosque of Bilal ibn Rabah.

The manufactured tradition became more popular as Muslim clerics in the Arab world pounded the pulpit that the binding of Isaac (Yitzchak) actually is the binding of Ishmael, that the Holy Temples never existed and that the Western Wall really was the hitching post for the Muslim prophet Mohammed’s horse, may his and it memories be forgotten.

More amazing than the fibs that the Palestinian Authority invented was the acceptance of them by the anti-Israel crowd, especially  UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Last year won UNESCO support that the ancient site also belongs to Muslims even though the Tomb, “Kever Rochel” in Hebrew, existed long before Islam came into existence.

In December 2012, UNESCO director Irina Bokova accepted the view of its chief critic of Israel, Robert Serry, who also serves as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. He warned that Israel’s defining Rachel’s Tomb and the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron as holy sites would be bad for the sacred ghost known as the peace process.

UNESCO said Rachel’s Tomb also belongs to Christians and Muslim, which at one time built over the Tomb. That is like saying that JFK airport is a Jewish site because there is a synagogue there.

Two years before UNESCO’s sentence to the Jewish site, Palestinian Authority  chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned that there would be a “holy war” over Rachel’s Tomb if Israel did not accept the Muslim claim that that is was an ancient mosque.

Iran went one step further  with its foreign ministry declaring that Israel’s decision to make Rachel’s Tomb a national heritage site “rises from the regime’s strategy for cleaning all the sanctities of the Muslims and Christians in the occupied Palestine to give them a Zionist identity.”

The Palestinian Authority succeeded 13 years ago in taking over Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, a direct violation of the Oslo Accords, but the efforts of Jewish leaders in the Shomron (Samaria) the past two years have enabled Jews to worship there under IDF guard.

The Oslo Accords interim agreement in 1995 states that security arrangements must “ensure free, unimpeded and secure access to the relevant Jewish holy sites.”

The Palestinian Authority has no problem with that. All it has to do is drive out the Jews with terrorist attacks and then convince UNESCO that Rachel’s Tomb is not a Jewish holy site.

That is the impetus for the Palestinian Authority to call Kever Rachel the  Bilal ibn Rabah mosque.

Jews traveling to pray at Rachel’s Tomb on her yahrzheit Tuesday can thank none other than former Haredi Knesset Member Menachem Porush that they are able to do so.

During the height of the Oslo mirage in 1995, Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau and MK Porush appealed to Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin not to go through with his plan to turn Rachel’s Tomb over to the Palestinian Authority.

Rabbi Lau told the Prime Minister, “One does not part from one’s mother, and MK Porush broke down in tears, crying on Rabin’s shoulders.

Rabin surrendered, and today, the Palestinian Authority can mourn to Mohammed that truth has triumphed over at least one of its lies.

Thousands of Jews at Rachel's tomb on the even of the anniversary of her death.

Thousands of Jews at Rachel’s tomb on the even of the anniversary of her death.

Shwekey in Hebron… Dedicates Song to Gal Koby

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

I’m not there – I wish I was… but today, there are over 30,000 Jews in our ancient and modern city of Hebron, beside the Cave of the Patriarchs. It is documented in the Bible, perhaps the longest living real estate transaction in history.

Abraham bought the cave as a burial place for his wife; there he was buried. His son Isaac is buried there, as his wife Rebecca. Their son, Yaakov, is buried there… and his wife, Leah. Most years, going to Hebron on the joyous holiday of Sukkot. We have so many holidays that are serious, that brings us to tears…this is one of fun and joy and most Jews just love this holiday.

And each year, tens of thousands of Jews take one of these days and go to Hebron… it is an incredible journey to our forefathers – and they are there waiting for us.

This year, there were tears as Shwekey, a popular and incredibly talented singer came to perform. He dedicated this song, Tateh, Tateh – Father… to Gal Koby, who was murdered in Hebron just two days ago.

Here’s the video from Hebron – where Shwekey changed some of the words and it was accompanied by pictures of Gal…below this video – another video with the English translation…



Just part of this amazing song….

This is my home, my request
Where our forefathers rest
For our father, Avraham
Answer us, in the credit or Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yaakov
I beg of You
And in the credit of our mothers
He pours out his soul
To our Father in Heaven,
The anguish of your children knows no end
Reach out to us with Your helping hand
How much more can the people of Israel take
Remember the compassion of our fathers, for our sake

May the memory of Gal Koby be blessed. He was, according to so many, a precious and pure soul. Gal died protecting his people…and the resting place of our forefathers. Today, 30,000 people were there – so many with tears in their eyes…but more, today Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka, Yaakov and Leah and Rachel…all cry for Gal and for our people.

May his blood be avenged and may his killer never have a day of peace for the rest of his miserable life.



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Terrorist Attacks Down to ‘Only’ 12 a Week

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The good news for residents of Judea and Samaria is that the number of terrorist attacks dropped by 20 percent in July compared with June. The bad news is that there still were 50 attacks, or approximately 12 a week.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) released the statistics, which are of little solace to victims, also showed a similar pattern in Jerusalem, where residents suffered 26 attacks in July, down from 39 in June.

Another disturbing factor if that the most of the attacks involved firebombs (Molotov cocktails), and not rocks, which also can be deadly but less so than a burning bottle that smashes through a car window.

The ISA also fudged the statistics a bit by counting a multiple-rock or firebomb attack as a single incident. For example, although there were 50 “attacks” in Judea and Samaria in June, security officials reported that there were 60 firebombs thrown.

The report does not include dozens of hundreds of rock-throwing attacks that are not reported by drivers , who are more concerned with stepping on the gas and escaping with their lives than with telephoning officials to tell them they almost got killed.

It also does not take into account dozens of attacks that were thwarted, such as the arrest of a knife-wielding Arab in Hevron and of another terrorist carrying material for a bomb in his car. Another area not covered in the statistics is vandalism. Arabs in Hevron tore off mezuzahs four times the past month at the Patriarchs Cave in Hevron.

There also were four attacks with small arms in Jerusalem as well as one stabbing, which caused serious wounds to a man walking in the Old City after visiting the Western Wall.

Terrorists from Gaza also were busy, shooting five rockets, while their colleagues in Sinai carried out one attack with two missile launches at Eilat.

Muslims ‘Celebrate’ Ramadan by Vandalizing Patriarchs’ Cave

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Muslims took advantage of privileges during the month of Ramadan at the Ma’arat HaMachpelah (Patriarchs’ Cave) in Hevron on Friday to rip off mezuzahs from a Jewish prayer room and vandalize the site.

Jews were barred from the holy site this past Friday because of the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan. Muslim vandals “celebrated” the opportunity of the absence of Jews on the eve of the Sabbath Friday night to rip mezuzahs off the doorposts of prayer halls and damage property.

Israeli radio and print media routinely headline any “price tag” vandalism of Arab property or mosques, but when Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan describe the desecration, the news broadcaster suggested, “Isn’t that just graffiti?”

Unlike the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Cave is used by Jews and Muslims with each religion having its own prayer halls. There are 10 days a year when “Olam Yitzchak” is barred to Muslims and is opened to Jews, and there are 10 days a year, such as last Friday, when Jews are prohibited from praying at the Patriarchs’ Cave.

Rabbi Ben Dahan visited the Patriarchs’ Cave on Sunday and said, “I cannot understand how Palestinians, who have come to pray, could commit such an ugly act. The Arab leaders should condemn these actions.”

The Muslims sabotaged irrigation systems, tore out plants and flowers, damaged furniture and left filth everywhere as reminder of their visit.

In another anti-Semitic incident, hikers who visited the “Avraham Spring” on Friday discovered that anti-Semites has scrawled swastikas in the area.

Harel Zehira, a youth group leader who discovered the vandalism, told Tazpit News Agency: “We were shocked by the spectacle. We immediately notified the security forces and worked to erase the vandalism.”
“There is no doubt that the collaboration between world Anti-Semitism and radical Islam is a dangerous phenomenon which should be eradicated,” Hevron Jewish community spokesman Noam Arnon told Tazpit.

Israel Capitulating, Satisfied Arabs Postponing Condemnations

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The Israeli government has finally capitulated and agreed to allow a mission from UNESCO, the UN’s cultural arm, to visit sites within the Old City of Jerusalem starting May 19.

Israel has also has agreed to take part in a Paris meeting of experts next month on the Mughrabi Ascent. There’s no telling what those experts want, other than to harass Israel a little more over the Mughrabi Ascent saga.

The Mughrabi Ascent is a sand embankment which provides access to the Mughrabi Gate of the Temple Mount from the area of the Western Wall.

During the winter of 2004, the Mughrabi Ascent collapsed because of too much rain, too much snow and a little earthquake. Since the Mughrabi Gate is the only entrance for non-Muslim visitors and Israeli security forces to the Temple Mount, a temporary wooden bridge was erected, and plans were drawn for a permanent bridge.

There also happens to be an archeological excavation going on at the same site.

Israel has been acting transparently, both regarding the excavation and the plans for a permanent bridge to connect the Kotel area to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians have a vested interest in sabotaging both the archeology and the bridge building. So why should Israel acquiesce this time?

Because in return for cooperation with UNESCO, the Palestinians will postpone five resolutions “condemning Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.”

“It’s a door that was opened,” Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO Nimrod Barkan told the Post. “It’s a move toward confidence building and an attempt to see whether there is forward movement.”

Palestinian Ambassador Elias Sanbar said the five resolutions condemning Israel are in areas from settlements to archeological excavations. And the Palestinians are not deleting them, the are simply postponing them until September.

Bully for us!

So, let’s see, what could be so bad about admitting an UNESCO mission officially into East Jerusalem?

Back in October 2010, UNESCO’s Executive Board voted to declare the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem as “al-Haram al-Ibrahimi” and “Bilal bin Rabah Mosque,” stating that they were “an integral part of the occupied Palestinian Territories” and that any unilateral Israeli action there was considered a violation of international law.

So, based on the above, how do you think this new UNESCO mission is going to end? Are we going to be spared new condemnations and name changes from Hebrew to Arabic?

As the Washington Post put it on Tuesday, the decision to let the mission roam our streets was “a victory that carried big hopes for those hoping to end the deadlock between Israelis and Palestinians.”

That’s two hopes in one sentence, which could only mean the Post can no longer afford line editors, or that there’s a whole bunch of hope coming our way.

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