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Official PA daily accuses Israeli government of participating in terror attack at Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs)

     “Today, Tuesday, is the 20th anniversary of the massacre at the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs), in the city of Hebron, in which 29 worshipers were killed and 150 were wounded. In the early hours of Friday, Feb. 25, 1994, the terrorist Baruch Goldstein, with the participation of the Israeli occupation forces and Kiryat Arba settlers, perpetrated the abominable massacre, which testifies to [the Jews’] secret hatred of the Palestinians. During the massacre, occupation soldiers [stationed] in the sanctuary locked the doors of the Mosque to prevent the worshipers from fleeing; in addition, they prevented those outside the mosque from entering its courtyard to rescue the wounded.
Later on, more people died as Martyrs (Shahids) from occupation soldier fire outside the mosque and during the Martyrs’ funeral processions, which raised the total number of Martyrs to 50.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Cave of the Patriarchs massacre - on Feb. 25, 1994, Israeli Baruch Goldstein, a member of an Israeli far-right movement, opened fire on Muslims praying inside the Ibrahimi Mosque at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, killing 29 and wounding 125.

Goldstein’s attack was widely condemned in Israel and by Jewish communities in the diaspora; Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin condemned Goldstein’s action, calling it “a loathsome, criminal act of murder” and described Goldstein as “a shame on Zionism and an embarrassment to Judaism.” Rabin also noted that, contrary to the claims made above, Goldstein had acted alone- all facts ignored by the official PA daily in the above article.

In addition to verbal condemnation, the Israeli government took concrete steps to prevent similar attacks from occurring, by imposing administrative detentions on several individuals and revoking their weapons permits, and by designating several extremist movements, including Goldstein’s, as illegal terrorist groups. In 1998, Israel passed a law outlawing monuments to honor terrorists and dismantled the memorial to Goldstein which had been erected by his supporters.
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