Less than 24 hours ago, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) passed a resolution listing both Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs
in Hebron as Muslim sites.
It also reported that 17,000 Palestinian worshipers prayed at the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as Cave of the Patriarchs
, in Hebrons Old City.
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.
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.
In November 2010, AJC condemned a UNESCO decision outrageously declaring two historic Jewish sites, the Cave of the Patriarchs
and Rachel's Tomb, as "Palestinian.
In 1948, Jordan illegally expropriated the West Bank, destroying die Jewish community in die Old City of Jerusalem, denying Jews access to the Western Wall and die Cave of the Patriarchs
, and using Jewish gravestones from the Mount of Olives to pave roads and latrines in their army camp in Al-Azariya.
The Cave of the Patriarchs
is revered by both Jews and Muslims as the burial place of the biblical Abraham, the father of both religions.
JERUSALEM: The flare-up over the Israeli government's decision to put Rachel's Tomb along with what Jews call the Cave of the Patriarchs
and Muslims call the Ibrahimi Mosque on a list of Israeli heritage sites again puts history and memory at the centre of this conflict.
The new Hurva Synagogue features wall paintings based on the building's original murals, including depictions of the Tower of David, Rachel's Tomb, the Sea of Galilee and the Cave of the Patriarchs
A group of about 100 Palestinians protested outside the holy site known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs
and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi mosque.