Massacres/Mass Murder · Palestine · Political · Religion

Cave of the Patriarchs massacre

February 25, 1994
Hebron, Palestine
American-born Israeli far-right extremist and physician Baruch Goldstein opens fire in the Cave of the Patriarchs (which was serving as a mosque), killing 29 and wounding at least 125 before being beaten to death by survivors

Goldstein, who was serving as a doctor in the Israeli Defenses Force, entered the mosque while wearing his military uniform and fired upon worshippers indiscriminately. He managed to kill 29 (including children as young as 12) and wound another 125 before his gun jammed and survivors overtook him, bludgeoning him to death with a fire extinguisher. The motive behind the attack seems to be of a religious nature, with tensions high between the Jewish and Arab groups in Hebron at the time.

The Israeli Prime Minister denounced the attack and Goldstein was not allowed to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Instead, he was buried in Meir Kahane Memorial Park in a settlement adjacent to Hebron, named after Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Israeli far-right party Kach which has been classified by Israel and the US as a terrorist group, and has been venerated as a martyr by Jewish extremist groups.

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