History: One man's murderer-Israel's jewish hero

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by TorontoTrader2, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. I guess this is different?


    "On February 25, 1994, that year's Purim day, Goldstein entered a room in the Cave of the Patriarchs serving as a mosque, wearing "his army uniform with the insignia of rank, creating the image of a reserve officer on active duty" (Shamgar report). He then opened fire, killing 29 Arab Muslims and wounding 150. Mosque guard Mohammad Suleiman Abu Saleh said he thought that Goldstein was trying to kill as many people as possible and described how there were "bodies and blood everywhere." After being subdued with a fire extinguisher and disarmed, Goldstein was beaten to death.[6]. According to Ian Lustick, 'by mowing down Arabs he believed wanted to kill Jews, Goldstein was reenacting part of the Purim story.[7]"


    "Goldstein is buried at the Meir Kahane Memorial Park in Kiryat Arba, a Jewish city next to Hebron. The park is named in memory of Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Israeli far-right political party Kach, a group classified by the United States and Israeli governments as a terrorist organization. Goldstein was a long-time devotee of Kahane.[18]

    The gravesite has become a pilgrimage site for those with extreme right-wing political views; a plaque near the grave reads "To the holy Baruch Goldstein, who gave his life for the Jewish people, the Torah and the nation of Israel."[19] In 1996, members of the Labor Party called for the shrine-like landscaped prayer area near the grave to be removed, and Israeli security officials expressed concern that the grave would encourage extremists.[20] In 1999, following passage of a law designed to prohibit monuments to terrorists, and an associated Supreme Court ruling, the Israeli Army bulldozed the shrine and prayer area set up near Goldstein's grave.[21] In 2000, admirers gathered at his grave on Purim dressed as Goldstein, wearing lab coats, false beards, and carrying guns."
  2. Jews: Goldstein's actions were immediately condemned by the Israeli government, the mainstream Israeli parties and the Israeli populace in general. Spokespeople for all the organized denominations of Judaism denounced his act as immoral and as terrorism. The Kach movement, to which he belonged, was outlawed as a terrorist organization.
    Muslims: In Lebanon, red carpet laid out for convicted terrorist Samir Kuntar.. Kuntar was greeted at Beirut's airport by Prime Minister Fuad Saniora and President Gen. Michel Suleiman.

    Jews: In Britain the Chief Rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks stated "Such an act is an obscenity and a travesty of Jewish values.
    Muslims: Abbas congratulates Kuntar's family, Palestinians celebrate in Gaza, handing out sweets

    Jews: An editorial in The Jewish Chronicle written by Chaim Bermant denounced the Kach organisation to which Goldstein belonged as "Neo-Nazis
    Muslims: All editorials in Lebanon referred to Kuntar as hero.Lebanese press has a field day

    Jews: some liberal synagogues in the UK had begun fund-raising for Goldstein's victims.
    Muslims: Hizbullah, Kuntar and other released terrorists vowed to continue fighting the "zionist enemy".

    Jews: A poll of 500 Israeli adults for the International Centre for Peace in the Middle East found that 78.8 percent of people condemned the Hebron massacre while 3.6 percent praised Goldstein
    Muslims: Kuntar received hero's welcome...a huge rally in his honor was held in the capital's southern suburbs where Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah spoke

  3. Hmm,

    U.S. Congress passes more aid to Lebanon
    Saturday, 26 May, 2007 @ 2:29 AM

    Beirut - The United States delivered plane loads of ammunition to Beirut on Friday as the U.S. Congress agreed on $770 million in new funds for Lebanon, of which more than a third is for military aid.