´Provide Funding to Rachel´s Tomb as a Heritage Site´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/16/12)
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Miriam Adani, Chair of the Rachel´s Tomb Heritage Fund, called on the
Israeli government on Tuesday to restore security to Rachel’s Tomb.
Dozens of Arabs went on the rampage outside Rachel´s Tomb on Tuesday,
effectively besieging Jews inside the compound, who were told by
security forces not to venture out.
The compound was closed off to visitors several times during the day,
due to massive rock throwing attacks.
The compound was also closed to worshippers Monday afternoon after
masked Arab rioters threw stones at the entrance of the holy site.
Adani told Arutz Sheva that the Prime Minister refuses to recognize
Rachel´s Tomb as a heritage site and provide it with funding as such,
something which she said would help solve the security problems.
“I have, several times, approached the cabinet secretary and asked
him to include Rachel´s Tomb as a heritage site,” she
said. “Unfortunately, today was not the first time that the tomb was
cleared out because of security concerns. So far, all the answers we
received from the government were that Rachel’s Tomb is not a
Adani added, “The Prime Minister and Defense Minister travel all over
the world and never come to Rachel´s tomb. Now that the holiday of
Shavuot is approaching, we call upon the government to provide
funding to the site and give worshipers a sense of security. The
solution should include the construction of a roof around the entire
compound to prevent rock throwing. We also wish to expand the parking
and improve the access roads.”
Adani said that a wealthy hareidi man from Cleveland recently
invested five million dollars in renovating the tomb.
“A tycoon from Cleveland visited the tomb several years ago and saw
the neglect,” she said. “He decided to renovate the place with an
investment of five million dollars. He renovated the dome which was
in danger of collapse, purchased new air conditioners and renovated
the restrooms. It is a huge privilege but that does not absolve the
Israeli government from its commitment to do what it must do.”
The Prime Minister´s Office told Arutz Sheva in response that last
February a ministerial committee approved the addition of several
projects to the heritage site program, including Rachel´s Tomb and
the Cave of the Patriarchs.
The PMO added that in recent months Rachel´s Tomb has been undergoing
renovations for the benefit of the tens of thousands of visitors who
come to the compound.
While in the last year there has been relative calm in the area,
within recent weeks several violent incidents have been reported,
including pipe bombs thrown at Jewish worshippers. The attacks did
not result in any casualties. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/16/12)
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