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Notes on the Geography of The West Bank: Hebron: Photo 1

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Here, in the haram or sanctuary, is Hebron's Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and White House. It stands over caves reputed to hold Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Leah, and Isaac and Rebecca. The purchase of these caves is described in Genesis 23, where a bargaining session takes place in a style repeated thousands of times daily in the Muslim world today.

The walls of the sanctuary are built of immense blocks from Herod's time (nobody in the Holy Land since Herod's time has worked with such blocks). Access is subject to complex rules imposed in 1992, when a settler from the nearby Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba opened fire on Muslim worshippers at Friday prayers.

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