Rachel's Tomb near Bethlehem

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Dec 7th, 2001, 06:51 AM
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Rachel's Tomb near Bethlehem

How safe is it now to visit this area? Would really like to visit her tomb.

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Dec 12th, 2001, 11:30 PM
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Not safe at all!!!
 
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Dec 19th, 2001, 09:54 PM
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Could you elaborate for me, please?

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Mar 31st, 2004, 06:08 PM
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The area is occupied I believe and is not open for tourists. It has been closed for a few years now.
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Apr 1st, 2004, 06:50 AM
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Don't even think of it!
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Apr 2nd, 2004, 08:10 AM
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I used to be apprehensive about going to the tomb but on my last trip I went and I do not think that it is dangerous. On any given day there are probably 100 or so people who go.
There is only one catch, about 300 meters before the tomb is a check point, from there on one is only allowed to go if they are in a bullet proof vehicle. You can ask your hotel they should be able to get you the number of a bullet proof cab or tell you of a scheduled bullet proof bus. From the checkpoint you will drive the 300 meters till you get to the front of the tomb. You will pull up to an area surrounded by 3-foot thick concrete walls. An Israeli solider, who was informed by the checkpoint, will come out to greet you and escort you in to the tomb. When its time to leave he will escort you out.
The tomb is only about 15 minutes from central Jerusalem, and statistically speaking you are probably safer by the tomb then you are in front of your hotel. My advice is that if you are already going to Israel you should speak to your hotel and see what they say. If you take a bulletproof cab you may feel more comfortable to go at night it will be quite and you will not see anyone till you get to the tomb. Best of luck
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Jul 1st, 2005, 05:30 PM
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How about going to Rachel's Tomb now? My husband says it is open...?
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Jul 1st, 2005, 06:06 PM
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I'd do it as part of a guided tour, not alone.
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Jul 2nd, 2005, 01:08 AM
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Don't do it!

Why even taking the slightest chance of endangering yourself? There are so many other places that you can visit safely.
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Aug 24th, 2005, 11:32 AM
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If the army says it's safe, it's safe; you's have to find a group to go with, I think. Your hotel should know of any.
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