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WATCH: 20 years since the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre in Hebron

Twenty years ago, on February 25, 1994, Israeli-American Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 people in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, the Muslim holy site at the Cave of the Patriarchs. Goldstein’s attack with an automatic assault rifle left 125 wounded.

In the wake of the massacre, its victims, the Palestinian residents of Hebron, were the ones to suffer. Once one of the city’s major thoroughfares and commercial centers, Shuhada Street was closed to Palestinian vehicle and foot traffic as part of the Israeli army’s attempt to create “sterile” buffer zones between Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents in the city.

SocialTV accompanied “Breaking the Silence” to the segregated city of Hebron to hear how the Palestinian population of Hebron has been affected by Israeli policies since the Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre.

More on the Palestinian reality in Hebron:

Related:
The market square is empty in Hebron
WATCH: A ‘Jews only’ street and a Palestinian dirt path in Hebron
Activists arrested in Hebron: ‘Segregation isn’t our Judaism’

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    1. Ginger Eis

      THE HEBRON EQUATION

      180.000P + 850J + 650S = Peace/Law & Order b/w P & J;

      180.000P + 850J – 650S = Massacre of entire J-population;

      180.000P – 850J – 650S = Ethnic Cleansing of entire J-population;

      (P = Palestinians. J = Jews. S = soldiers). Jews know who their terrorists are. Do the Palestinians/Arabs know theirs? ‘nuff said.

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    2. Vadim

      Whatever the reasons for this, real or imaginary, this is very sad. But as Larry Drefner told me a few days ago – “At least they have their dignity”

      I think the people interviewed are residents of Hebron, not resudents of Hebron.

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        • bob wisby

          Exactly, Ginger. And has it occurred to anyone else that all these videoed ‘victims’ could easily be actors, hired from the Pally-wood studios? This would explain some of their more outrageous claims of cruelty, sadism, brutality and injustice. The arabs are simply ‘projecting’, trying to transfer onto the Jews all those characteristics lurking in their hearts.

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          • Pam Kearney

            Actors you say? Special effects you say? Fake blood you say? Would it be the same actors, special effects artists which orchestrated the Red Flag Boston Bombing? What say you to that?

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          • bob wisby

            Pam, let’s not pander to conspiracy theories, shall we? I don’t know what Americans and other foreigners are capable of doing, but I do know that Israelis are incapable of cruelty, racism or injustice (unless it’s by mistake). You make it sound as if Israel has a population of ‘Barabbas’ like characters.

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          • andrew r

            I do know that Israelis are incapable of cruelty, racism or injustice (unless it’s by mistake).

            Okay, I’m 90% sure you’re baiting Ginger with sarcasm now.

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          • bob wisby

            Because to you, it’s only too likely that Jewish behavior would encompass those traits, eh, Andrew. Have you checked your antisemitic pulse, lately?

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          • andrew r

            It isn’t “Jewish” behavior (Israeli and Jewish aren’t interchangeable no matter how much you wish it so) and Zionist cruelty against the natives of Palestine isn’t “all too likely”, either.

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          • Ginger Eis

            No one would ever suggest that you are confused. Ever!

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          • Ginger Eis

            Post was to Andrew R (i.e. “No one would ever suggest that you are confused. Ever!”)

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          • Ginger Eis

            Excellent analysis, Bob. Indeed, I shear your bewilderment and moral indignation as to why anyone who is moral and honest would by design, systematically present (a) ONE side of the story in Hebron, (b) in a distorted context ,with (c) the goal of creating a false reality of apartheid/racism, while (d) fully knowing that said reality is patently false. How thoughtful of you to remind us that the situation in Hebron is not “black&white”. As you pointed out (1) Jews living in Hebron and IDF-soldier and officers have been killed by Arab-terrorists with or without the help of ISM/BtS-members who sometimes help in choosing the target, (2) Arabs do not want Jews in Hebron, (3) if you remove the soldiers and/or the security measures, ALL Jewish families will be butchered along with their children, (4) Arabs and Jews BOTH want to live separated from one another – to preserve human life.

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          • bob wisby

            Thanks, Ginger. And thanks for pointing out again that it’s the Arabs who don’t want Jews in Hebron, not the Jews who don’t want to be there. And if our presence requires soldiers on their streets, that’s their problem. We’re not leaving!

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          • Ginger Eis

            Right, Bob. You are very correct in stating that neither the IDF nor any other responsible army/police force anywhere on earth will – regardless of whose ox is gored – ever abandon the street to anyone, while knowing fully well that doing so would lead to immediate slaughter of whole families along with their infant babies! You are definitely courageous in reminding us that an Arab minority need no army/police force to live peacefully and prosper amongst a Jewish majority, but NOT vice versa – i.e. a Jewish minority living among an Arab majority is doomed to be butchered (as in the case of the Fogel-family). If Arabs have to be kept off ONE specific street to protect human lives, SO BE IT! As you said, The right to life is SUPERIOR to all OTHER human rights. Thanks for making that clear, Bob.

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          • bob wisby

            Why do you find it necessary to detail those ‘infant babies’, Ginger? You already said ‘whole families’, which I guess includes infant babies. But you make some interesting points.

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          • andrew r

            And has it occurred to anyone else that all these videoed ‘victims’ could easily be actors, hired from the Pally-wood studios?

            Instead of research methods that presuppose the result, it seems you’d rather just skip straight to the result.

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          • bob wisby

            Except that I wasn’t suggesting it as a mode of research, Andrew, just asking a question. Otherwise, your comment is fine.

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