Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rachel's Tomb

Rachel's Tomb is believed to be the burial site of the Jewish matriarch Rachel, and a major site of pilgrimage for Jews on the anniversary of her death. And though the tomb is technically in the West Bank on the outskirts of Bethlehem, it has been surrounded by an Israeli barrier to separate it from the rest of the West Bank. You can only get to the tomb by coming through Israel, and access is generally restricted to tourists and Jewish pilgrims.

The area feels more like a heavily militarized zone than a tourist/pilgrimage site. The tomb is almost unrecognizable and blends in with the high walls, fences and razor wire surrounding it.

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