Amid wave of terrorist attacks, Russian chief rabbi tours country’s holy sites

In an apparent bid to send a strong message regarding Jewish claims in Israel, Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar capped off a four day trip in which he brought 50 Jewish community leaders to contested holy sites across the country.

The Russians made appearances at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem, all ancient Jewish sites whose ownership is contested by the Palestinians.

Recent attacks have been spurred by Palestinian calls to “protect” the Temple Mount’s al-Aksa Mosque from Israeli “settlers.”


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