AL-KHALIL, PALESTINOW.COM — Twenty-six years ago, on February 25, 1994, extremist Israeli Jewish settler opened fire at hundreds of Palestinian worshipers at Al Ibrahimi Mosque in West Bank city of Al Khalil, killing 29 and wounding 150 others.
Baruch Goldstein, who was an army physician, broke into Al Ibrahimi Mosque while the Palestinian worshipers were performing the dawn prayer in Ramadan.
After several minutes of shooting, 29 worshippers were killed and 150 others were wounded before people were able to overcome the murderer and end his life.
As if this was not enough, Israeli soldiers on that day killed an additional 21 Palestinians who took to the streets in the occupied territories to protest the massacre.
Instead of taking action against the extremist settlers in the occupied city, particularly in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement in Al Khalil, where Goldstein lived, by removing them, the Israeli occupation punished the victims, the Palestinians.
The mosque was closed for six months after the massacre to be opened divided between Muslims and Jews when for centuries it was a purely Muslim worship place.
At the same time, Palestinians in areas in the heart of Al Khalil, where settlers had set up illegal bases, were restricted in movement and shops were forced to shut down.
Entire streets became off to Palestinians where Jewish settlers were allowed to roam them freely and under heavy army protection.
This situation is continuing until today, and it has even become worse.