Militant Jews have gathered at the grave of Baruch Goldstein to celebrate the sixth anniversary of his massacre of Muslim
worshippers in Hebron.The celebrants dressed up as the gunman, wearing army uniforms, doctor’s coats and fake beards.
Israeli settlers read prays at the grave
Goldstein, an immigrant from New York City
, had been a physician in the Jewish settlement
of Kiryat Arba
.Waving semi-automatic weapons in the air, the celebrants danced, sang and read prayers around his grave.”We decided to make a big party on the day he was murdered by Arabs,” said Baruch Marzel
, one of about 40 celebrants.The tribute was a macabre twist on the Jewish festival of Purim
, when it is a custom to dress in costume and celebrate.Massacre in mosque
In 1994 on Purim, Goldstein stormed a mosque and fired on praying Muslims in the West Bank city’s Tomb of the Patriarchs – a shrine sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
Twenty-nine people died in the attack, and the angry crowd lynched Goldstein in retaliation.
Israeli extremists continue to pay homage at his grave in the nearby Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, where a marble plaque reads: “To the holy Baruch Goldstein, who gave his life for the Jewish people, the Torah and the nation of Israel.”
About 10,000 people had visited the grave since the massacre, Mr Marzel said.