Machpelah

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Machpelah

(măkpē`lə), cave, near Hebron; also called the Cave of the Patriarchs. The Book of Genesis relates that it was bought by Abraham from Ephron, son of Zohar the Hittite, for a family burial place. The Mosque of Ibrahim, which now encloses the site, may be a successor to a structure built by the Herods. The mosque was the site of the murder of Muslim worshipers by an extremist Jewish settler in 1994.

Machpelah

cave where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob are buried. [O.T.: Genesis 23:19, 25:9, 49:30, 50:13]
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There is a lot of historical and religious significance to Muslims and Jews in this place because it is called the cave of the patriarchs where prophets Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their wives; Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah are buried.
They raised an Israeli flag on the building near a shrine known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "another delusional Unesco decision" and said that Israel would "continue to guard the Cave of the Patriarchs, to ensure religious freedom for everybody and … guard the truth.
The UNESCO's World Heritage Committee will vote on a draft resolution calling to recognize Hebron's Old City, with it the Cave of the Patriarchs, as a Palestinian World Heritage Site.
The Ibrahimi Mosque, known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs, in the Old City where the Prophet Abraham is believed to be buried has been a focal point of such violence for decades, as the site is holy to both Muslims and Jews and has been a prime site for Israeli settler activities in the area.
5 In the bible, Sarah is buried in the Cave of the Patriarchs at Hebron.
Two tourist destinations, the Cave of the Patriarchs in the heart of the old city of Hebron and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, are named in the paper as "Palestinian sites.
He also visited the settlement of Kiryat Arba, adjoining the city, and the site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and revered by both.
He is also to meet with Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to discuss various issues in light of recent Israeli government's escalation in Jerusalem, Cave of the Patriarchs, and death of Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein by Israeli forces.
Of course, in the late winter of 1993 I had no idea that the next yearFebruary 25, 1994, to be exactmy one-time host would gun down Muslim worshippers in Hebron, killed 29 and wounding 125 more, in what is known as the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre.
Also, when the Sirte Summit (in 2010) reached the decision to resume negotiations with Israel within four months, it added the Cave of the Patriarchs (Sanctuary of Abraham) and Rachel's Tomb (Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque) to its national list of Jewish heritage sites.
Furthermore, despite a 2010 agreement between the latter two to allow tourists to cross borders, UNESCO's decision to include Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron in a programme to renovate historical sites was criticised by Israel, which has already six of its sites inscribed on the heritage list.