Photo Credit: Ma'arat Hamachpelah Administration
Prayer vigil at the 7th step of the Ma'arat HaMachpelah (Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron.

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:

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In Israel, very few locations are free of Jewish historical reference; most link back way before the time of the founding of the Palestinian Authority or Islamic existence — a fact that appears to irk the entity to this day.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. .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.

  2. The State of Israel must forbid the practice of Islam in the Land of Israel, because it is written in the Torah, in Exodus 22:19, that God commanded that, if a human being sacrifices to other god, he be condemned to death, and the Muslims sacrifice to other god, because their god, in the Quran, said words that contradict the words that the true God had said before, that are written in the Tanakh. For example: In the Quran, the false prophet Muhammad said that his false god said that the holy day is the sixth day of the week (Quran 62:9), when the true God had said before, in Exodus 20:8-11, that the holy day is the seventh day of the week. Another example: In the Quran, the false prophet Muhammad said that his false god said that it is allowed to eat the camel (Quran 22:36), when the true God had said before, in Leviticus 11:4, that it is forbidden to eat the camel.
    The State of Israel must expel the Arabs from its territory, which includes the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, because it is written in the Torah, in Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:52, that God commanded Israel to expel the other inhabitants of the Land of Canaan, which is the Land of Israel, which includes all the Palestine. The Arabs invaded the Land of Israel in the year 635 CE, so that they are invaders, and must leave Israel, and return to their own land, which is Arabia. This is not racism, because any person, of any race or ethnicity, can convert to Judaism. Moreover, the Palestinian Arabs are killing the Israeli Jews, so that the Israeli Jews need to expel the Palestinian Arabs from the Land of Israel (Palestine), as self defense, in order to save their lives.

  3. Christianity should not be forbidden. Christianity totally endorses its proper roots which is salvation of the Jews. Jesus Christ was a Jew. He came before once and it coming again as the Messiah and when Yeshua comes again the Jews will then realize he came before but they did not realize it! Us Christians are continually praying for all the Jews safety and we know they are the ones that are rightfully entitled to their land which was promised to them! Susan Bourgeois.

  4. Israel allows freedom of religion/ Banning Islam because of ignorant fundamentalists would be unacceptable to me as a Jew, since each individual is responsible for his or her actions. Collective responsibility does not exist in a truly democratic society. It would also alienate the Israeli Arabs who are citizens, especially at a time that many of them are coming to realise that Hamas and other groups do not the interests of the Arab civilians at heart. You are just as ignorant of Jewish thinking and intolerant as the Muslims that you criticise.

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