Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Israel names two biblical tombs in West Bank heritage sites

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clipped from www.csmonitor.com

Israel named the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel's tomb in the West Bank heritage sites on Monday. Both biblical tombs are in Palestinian cities, and the decision brought warnings of violence and protests on Tuesday.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a shrine holy to Jews and Muslims, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday. The site is one of two biblical tombs in Palestinian cities that have been added to a list of Israeli national heritage sites.

The warnings came as dozens of Palestinian protesters threw rocks at Israeli soldiers and burned tires for a second day in the city of Hebron
"Every intelligent person in the world will say that this is a Jewish site. It was a Jewish site thousands of years before Islam ever existed,''
The uproar over the government decision highlights the potential of even a symbolic declaration about contested holy sites to threaten months of relative calm in the West Bank.
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