Western Wall rabbi condemns UNESCO for declaring forefathers’ tombs to be Islamic sites

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Supervisor of the Western Wall and the holy places, strongly condemned UNESCO, the United Nations cultural body, for asserting in a resolution of its Executive Board that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and the Tomb of Rachel on the outskirts of Jerusalem as an integral part of Palestine.

The Cave of the Patriarchs is the most ancient Jewish shrine in the world and the second holiest site of pilgrimage in Judaism, while also revered by Muslims. The Tomb of Rachel has also been a place of pilgrimage for Jews and was not until the 1990s identified as an Islamic holy site.

“Centuries of documented history prove not only the deep and strong connection between the Jewish nation and this tomb, as is evidenced by the pilgrimage made to it even during hard times and at great personal risk, but also that there has never been a Muslim claim to the site,” wrote Rabinowitz in an open letter to the organization.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Western-Wall-rabbi-condemns-UNESCO-for-declaring-forefathers-tombs-to-be-Islamic-sites-430441

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