Jewish Journal

Twenty Years to the Baruch Goldstein Massacre in Hebron

by Jeremy Elster

February 24, 2014 | 6:05 am

Tomorrow, 25 February 2014, marks the twentieth anniversary of the Goldstein Massacre in Hebron. We take a look at the impact the massacre continues to exert on the Palestinian residents of Hebron, whose lives are subject to the Israel military's policy of physical, religious, and legal separation.

Twenty years ago, the American Jewish doctor of Kiryat Arba named Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi Mosque/ Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and murdered 29 Palestinian worshippers and injured 115 more. Twelve more Palestinians were killed in the protests that followed. In response, the Israeli military collectively punished the Palestinian residents of Hebron by imposing a two-month curfew and closed down Shuhada Street, once a vibrant thoroughfare in the city, even to those who live on it.

Twenty years later, Palestinians in Hebron are still being punished for Goldstein's massacre. Hebron's bustling city center, which used to serve half a million nearby inhabitants, has become a ghost town. Last Friday, Palestinians demosntrated against the closure under the banner of "Open Shuhada Street". The protest was covered by +972 Magazine's Haggai Matar, among others. 

To learn more about the current situation in Hebron, watch the Israel Social TV report accompanying Breaking the Silence's Foreign Relations Director Yehuda Shaul on a tour of the city.

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Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV...

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