November 8, 2010 | Nadav Shragai
UNESCO has declared that Rachel’s Tomb near Jerusalem is a mosque – endorsing a Palestinian claim that first surfaced only in 1996 and which ignores centuries of Muslim tradition. Rachel’s Tomb never served as a mosque for the Muslims. It has been identified for over 1,700 years as the grave of the Jewish matriarch Rachel. The depiction of Rachel’s Tomb has appeared in thousands of Jewish religious books, paintings, photographs, stamps, and works of art.