Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jews sing Purim praises of Baruch Goldstein in Sheikh Jarah

A video that surfaced on the Internet this week features footage of Jewish residents of Sheikh Jarrah in northeast Jerusalem singing songs praising 1994 Hebron massacre killer Baruch Goldstein during Purim celebrations inside a house in the neighborhood’s Othman Bin Afan Street.

The house, which had been the Gawi family’s until they were evicted in August, is now home to a number of Jewish families.

After years of legal battles between the home’s tenants and its Jewish owners, a Jerusalem court ruled in favor of the latter. Other such evictions have been carried out in the neighborhood as well.

Tensions in Sheikh Jarrah remain high, as weekly protests against such evictions continue and clashes between Arab residents and their supporters and Jews flare up sporadically.

Goldstein, who was born in Brooklyn and later lived in Kiryat Arba, was beaten to death after he opened fire on Muslims praying inside a mosque at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Purim day in 1994, killing 29 people and wounding 150.

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