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  10/24/2011, Tishrei 26, 5772

Police: No to Pedestrian Traffic at Rachel's Tomb


Police commander Yehuda Yehoshua of the area surrounding Jerusalem said, Monday, that he could not allow pedestrian traffic to enter the area of Rachel's Tomb, north of Bethlehem, from a nearby traffic circle because of security threats, including the throwing of rocks and firebombs by Palestinian Authority Arabs.

He was responding to a call by Chairman Uri Maklev of the Knesset Committee on Public Petitions to allow pedestrian traffic for the observance of the anniversary of the biblical matriarch's death on the 11th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan (November 8th), when thousands are expected to visit the compound. Maklev was responding to events last year, when the throngs were trapped in buses. Chaggai Yetziv of the Egged bus company said the incidents won't be repeated this year.