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Friday, October 29, 2010

Outrageous: UNESCO 'recognizes' Rachel's tomb... as a mosque

The picture is Kever Rachel (Rachel's tomb) as it looked until about ten years ago, when the government turned it into an armed fortress to counteract 'Palestinian' terrorists firing upon it.

Earlier, the government almost gave the tomb away.
"During the Rabin administration, Kever Rachel was slated to fall into 'Area A', that is, under full Arab civil and military control. Upon seeing this, Knesset Member Chanan Porat [National Religious Party. CiJ] decided that he must speak with Rabin in the hopes of changing his mind. As Chanan Porat was walking to Rabin's office, Knesset Member Rabbi Menachem Porush [United Torah Judaism. CiJ] asked Porat where he was going. Hearing that Porat was about to fight for Kever Rachel, Porush asked to join in the meeting. At Rabin's office, Chanan Porat was diligently explaining the ins and outs of the security situation at Kever Rachel and making rational arguments that did not seem to move Rabin.

"Suddenly Rabin looked at Porush and saw that he was crying. Porush held Rabin's hands and with tears streaming down his face, said: 'Yitzchak, it's Mamma Rachel, Mamma Rachel.' At that moment Rabin's heart opened, and he altered the map so that Kever Rachel would remain in Jewish hands."
Now UNESCO has recognized Kever Rachel as a site worthy of historical preservation... as a mosque.
The executive committee of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) a few days ago, recognized the tomb of Biblical matriarch Rachel, between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, as the Mosque of Bilal Ibn-Rabach according to a Friday report by Yisrael Hayom (Israel today). The recognition was approved by a large majority despite Israeli opposition and a United States vote against the proposal.

Research by reporter Nadav Shragai shows that while there is a Muslim cemetery surrounding the facility, it was never used as a mosque and always referred to by local Arabs as "Rachel's Tomb", until the Temple Tunnel disturbances of 1996, when they started using the name recognized by UNESCO. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Western Wall and other holy places called the UNESCO decision an outrageous distortion of history and said Israel should think seriously about future cooperation.
Indeed. We should have 'thought about it' and stopped cooperating a LONG time ago.

Let's go to the videotape.

5 Comments:

At 3:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hardly surprising that the Arabs are allowed to rewrite history and deny the Jewish connection to Eretz Israel.

Where are the Jewish objections? When will the Jews stop them?

What could go wrong indeed

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

I recognize the United Nations as Amalek.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

The sane moral thing to do here would be to bulldoze the surrounding Islamic building and cart the rubble off to no man's land. -- Muslims did not call this a Mosque until now, and even the Muslim Turks had it declared a Jewish site; let us help keep the Muslims honest.

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger Jerusalem said...

Here is a detailed article by Shragai discussing the history of Rachel's Tomb, Muslim recognition of it as a Jewish site, and the subsequent Palestinian attempt to erase its Jewish character:

http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=377&PID=1852&IID=1923

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger Eliyahu in Shilo said...

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/News.aspx/2638

An hour long discussion about Kever Rachel and UNESCO.

 

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