The PA wants the Church of the Nativity to be the world’s 1st heritage site, and now they also say that nearby Rachel’s Tomb is a mosque. She lived thousands of years before Mohammed, so they can’t claim her for Islam. Christians are backing them.
By Giulio Meotti
The Palestinian Authority (succeeded in) making a historic bid to list Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity as its first world heritage site under the United Nations.
The PLO knows the consequences of locating King David and Jesus’ city as being in the “country of Palestine”. The final goal is the de-Judaization of the land of Israel. Oras Hamdan Taha, the Palestinian minister who deals with antiquities and gets funds from Unesco, made clear,“it’s writing or rewriting the history of Palestine”.
The next in line is Rachel’s Tomb, Judaism’s third most holy site, or as the Jews say in Hebrew, “Rahel Imenu”, and in Yiddish, “Mame Rochel” – our Mother Rachel.
In the book of Genesis, the Bible says: “And Rachel died, andwas buried on the way to Ephrata, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: That is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day”. For millennia, Rachel’s Tomb, alongside the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, has served as a place of longing, pilgrimage and prayer for the Jewish people, although there is some controversy about the grave’s exact location.
Only in1996, the Palestinians began referring to the site as the “Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque”, as Unesco shamefully listed it in 2010.
The PLO enrolled the tomb as a weapon in the Second Intifada, claiming the site and shooting on a daily basis at the Jewish worshippers. On Yom Kippur 2000, six days after the Israeli army retreated from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus, the PLO newspaper Al-Hayat al-Jadida published an article explaining that Rachel’s Tomb was the next Palestinian target. Before the PLO’s propaganda, the Arabs simply referred to the site as “Kubat Rahil”, the dome of Rachel.
What is unknown is that the Christian institutions in Judea and Samaria are collaborating with the Muslims to destroy and deny the Jewish character of the sacred site. And the strategy has already proven to be very successful.