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Israel: Muslim Extremists Shoot and Kill 12 Jewish Worshipers
« on: November 16, 2002, 03:08:50 PM »
What is it with Muslims always gunning down Christians, Jews, and Hindus while they pray? Could you imagine how Muslims would react if someone shot up Muslims while they were praying at a Mosque? They would go absoloutely bazerk.

12 Israelis Die in Hebron Shootings

.c The Associated Press

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian militants opened fire on Jewish worshippers as they walked toward a shrine after sundown Friday in this divided city, killing 12 people and wounding 15 others, the Israeli military said.

A nearby army post and other soldiers rushing to the scene were also caught in the ambush in the West Bank city, army sources said.

The settlers came under fire as they wound their way into Hebron to mark the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath at the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a shrine revered by both Muslims and Jews.

Israel TV's Channel Two said the militant group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. Mohammed Al Hindi, an Islamic Jihad spokesman, would not confirm the claim, but said that ``our Jihad will continue until either victory or martyrdom.''

An army official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the settlers were caught in a well-planned ambush after the start of the Sabbath. Gun battles raged for more than 90 minutes, making it difficult for troops to reach the wounded.

Israeli media reported that soldiers attempting to assist civilians under fire were caught in an ambush that included sniper fire from the hilltop suburb of Abu Sneineh.

Most of Hebron is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, but the Israeli army patrols the center of the city, where about 450 Jewish settlers live in three enclaves, surrounded by 130,000 Palestinians. The 30,000 Palestinians living near the enclaves are also under Israeli control and are subjected to frequent curfews.

Hebron had been quiet in recent weeks, and Israeli troops had withdrawn from most of the Palestinian-controlled sector of the city.

Nearly all the Jews in Hebron and many living in the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba walk to the Tomb of the Patriarchs every Friday evening, and the route is heavily guarded by Israeli security forces. The site is the burial place of the biblical Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who are revered by both faiths.

Both Israelis and Palestinians draw on past suffering to fuel their current grievances in the city, 25 miles south of Jerusalem.

After living in Hebron for centuries, Jews were driven out during Arab riots in 1929. Dozens were massacred.

When Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war, settlers began moving back into what had been Hebron's Jewish quarter. Kiryat Arba, one of the West Bank's largest settlements, was established in 1972, and is home to thousands of Israelis today.

Relations with Palestinians, rarely friendly, deteriorated sharply in 1994, when Baruch Goldstein, a New York-born settler who lived in Kiryat Arba, gunned down 29 Muslim worshippers inside the mosque at the Tomb of the Patriarchs. He was beaten to death by the survivors.

That massacre led to calls within Israel - where many people oppose the Hebron settlement and the high price of defending it - that the settlers to be evacuated. The settlers, among the most ideological in the West Bank, have also had an occasionally rocky relationship with the Israeli soldiers defending them.

11/15/02 16:46 EST

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Re:Israel: Muslim Extremists Shoot and Kill 12 Jewish Worshipers
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2002, 10:42:40 PM »
This is horrible...Why can't they just give up? They will NEVER get what they selfishly want...