This Happened - February 25: The Hebron Massacre
On this day in 1994, Israeli terrorist Baruch Goldstein entered the Cave of the Patriarchs, a holy site for Jews and Muslims, and opened fire on Muslim worshippers, killing 29 people and injuring more than 100 others.
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Who was Baruch Goldstein?
Baruch Goldstein was an American-born Israeli physician and member of the far-right Kach party. He had a history of extremist beliefs and had been involved in other violent incidents before the Hebron massacre. Goldstein was killed after the attack.
What was the Israeli government's response to the Hebron massacre?
The Israeli government strongly condemned the Hebron massacre and declared a state of emergency in the area. The government also imposed a curfew and increased security measures to prevent further violence. In addition, the government launched an investigation into the attack and took steps to strengthen the legal framework for combating terrorism.
What was the impact of the Hebron massacre on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
The Hebron massacre increased tensions between Israelis and Palestinians and contributed to a wave of violence that lasted for several years. The Cave of the Patriarchs is divided into Jewish and Muslim sections, with separate entrances and prayer areas. The site is closely guarded by Israeli security forces and access is tightly controlled. The status of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs remains a major point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.