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Rachel’s Tomb Matters

Alex Joffe’s important essay “Why Rachel’s Tomb Matters” published on places the UNESCO decision to discount the Jewish connection to Rachel’s Tomb in the context of a broader theological struggle. The entire article is an important read.

Through the centuries, Jewish and Christian travelers and pilgrims often visited the site near Bethlehem and remarked on its pillar, made of eleven stones symbolizing the tribes of Israel, named after the sons of Jacob (excluding the twelfth and youngest, Benjamin, the ordeal of whose birth occasioned his mother Rachel’s death).  Of course, we cannot know whether the site is “really” the burial place of Rachel, the “eternal mother,” but it was firmly engraved as such in Jewish and Christian consciousness….

It is true that Muslims are not alone in the impulse to deny Jews their past: consider the regularity with which Jewish cemeteries continue to be vandalized in Christian Europe. But Islam seems especially intent on erasing Jews from history on theological grounds. Flashpoints like Rachel’s tomb (or “Ezekeiel’s tomb” near the site of ancient Babylon) are especially vulnerable because they represent personages specifically claimed by Islam, but they are joined by houses of worship like the Great Synagogue in Oran, Algeria, seized and converted into a mosque in 1960, and communal buildings like the Haim Benchimol hospital in Tangiers, suddenly seized and torn down this year. Admittedly, there are showcase exceptions: the Maimonides synagogue in Cairo, the tiny Jewish communities in Morocco and Tunisia, preserved as if in amber for their considerable value as tourist destinations. But the vast number of sites that formed the living fabric of Jewish life—the cemeteries, synagogues, and schools, not to mention homes and places of work—are forever lost.



UNESCO Re-Writes History, Calls Tomb of Patriarches, Rachel’s Tomb Mosques

UNESCO’s answer to Israel including Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb as Jewish Heritage Sites? Declare them mosques.


If you want you can add your name to this petition to UNESCO and the UN – not that it will do any good, but at least you feel like you did something.

Of course – there is no UNESCO in Israel, but a lot in Arab states. There is one to the PA, and nothing to Israel.

You most likely will want to vent your emotions regularly and vociferously to these people at the UNESCO branch in NYC:
UNESCO Liaison Office in New York
Mail: p.kridelka(at)
Tel: +1-212 963 5978
Fax: +1-212 963 8014
UNESCO Liaison Office in New York, 2, United Nations Plaza Room 900, NYC 10017

See below the break for the entire petition text and where you can find UNESCO while on tour of Arab states.
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Chevy Volt Test Drive – Was never ever supposed to be this funny

What happens when Vanity Fair’s Stick Shift Columnist Brett Berk takes a cross country trip in a new Chevy Volt:

Check out the video directly.