Excuse me. I believe there is a problem here. Now the Muslims are claiming title to the Tomb of Rachel, one of the Patriarchs of Israel and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin of the Twelve Tribes of Israel fame. If you’ve ever done a family genealogy or family tree, there are just some people that are not relatives, no matter how much you love them and want to claim a blood relationship with them. Enter the Muslims from far stage left…they aren’t related to Rachel! They aren’t related to Joseph and Benjamin – they don’t even like them. Their, the Muslims, family tree goes back to Abraham. Their mother was Hagar, the Egyptian, and her child’s name was Ishmael. Fourteen years later, Sarah gave birth to Isaac via Abraham; then Rebekah gave birth to twins, Esau and Jacob via Isaac. But it is Ishmael that the Muslims trace their lineage to – unless, of course, you want to bring in the wild children of Keturah who were banished to the east land before Abraham died (Genesis 25).
So if Rachel is not their mother and is not a relative of theirs, how can they claim the Tomb of Rachel as a holy place to them? It doesn’t compute. When Bethlehem was given over to the control of the Palestinians – a grievous error made by Israel – they, Israel, maintained control of and claim to the Tomb of Rachel, as rightfully they should.
I’ve been there and I’ve watched who is praying in the Tomb. I haven’t seen Muslims praying there. I have seen hordes of Jewish men and women praying there; and, I’ve seen Christians praying there, but I haven’t seen any Muslims – unless they are in disguise.
You know, there are moves against school bullying here in the United States, but that apparently hasn’t caught on at the United Nations who have now, in their amazing intelligence and largesse, and their intense need to bully, have declared the Tomb of Rachel to be a Muslim Mosque! Give me a break. Someone ought to give them a history lesson – a real one and not one issued by Palestinian TV or the Imams of Saudi, or Iran, or Iraq, or Syria, or Lebanon. It just isn’t the truth – it is another lie being passed around by the Muslim clerics that the world will drink down along with their Kool-Aide.
How will this end? I don’t know that there is any chance that Israel will acquiesce to this latest insane demand, but if there is any thought of that then perhaps they ought to review the news videos of the destruction of the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem (Nabulus). Anything that is holy and precious to Jews (and Christians) the Muslims are determined to destroy in any way possible and it is usually vile.
So how can it be that the U.N. is so stupid? Have you ever stood outside and watched the number of Middle Eastern ‘diplomats’ going in? Or, into the State Department for that matter. It is quite a lesson in who is turning the clogs behind the wheels.