Palestinians walk holding a banner with the photos of the Palestinians who were killed 25 years ago by Baruch Goldstein in Ibrahim Mosque. Izzat, 29, a member of YAS explained to Mondoweiss: “Today, this is an important memorial. We demonstrate against the closure of part of our city. We will pray and protest peacefully, and our message is simple- we want to end the occupation, and achieve freedom and equality. I am sure as usual the Israeli army will come and attack us. I was myself arrested many times for my activity with Youth Against the Settlements and attacked by settlers. We want the world to act to stop this. We will continue and keep resisting.” (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)
As every year, Palestinians together with their supporters took the streets in Hebron to commemorate the massacre which took place in 1994 when a US-born Israeli settler named Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Palestinian worshippers in the Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 and wounding more than 100. The Israelis ordered more than 500 businesses to close overnight, and subsequently, the Shuhada street in Hebron’s historic Old City was closed. The protesters demand to open the Shuhada street, that has been closed for Palestinians since the massacre.
The protests this year were held at a time of heightened tensions in the city, following the expulsion of the international observers TIPH, whose mandate was not renewed by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
This year, there were two demonstrations taking place at the same time organized by different groups, joined by international and Israeli supporters. In one of the demonstrations organized by the group Youth Against the Settlements (YAS); which gathered dozens of protesters, members of Neturei Karta, a religious group of anti-Zionist Haredi Jews also participated. The other demonstration which gathered hundreds of Palestinians was organized by the group “Human Rights Defenders” and other groups and political parties which are part of the coalition organizing the “Dismantle the ghetto, take settlers out of Hebron” campaign.