Holy Land 2019, Day 6 and 7

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, 8th Bishop of Olympia

On Day 6 we left Bethlehem and traveled to the ancient town of Hebron, site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs.  it is also the largest city in the West Bank and one of the most tense in the region.  The part we visit, just around the Tomb is a highly militarized zone and looks a  lot like a ghost town.  We arrived and visited first the Mosque which houses the tombs of Abraham and Sarah, Issac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah.   It is also a synagogue and considered the second most holy site among Jews, second only to the Temple Mount.

After the visit to the Mosque we traveled into the Souk, the market, in old Hebron.  It too is a heavily guarded place, and very tense.  Here, Jewish settlers live just above the souk, often throwing trash and even excrement out the windows onto the shoppers and vendors…

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