HCJ Orders Baruch Goldstein Memorial Destroyed at Kiryat Arba

"The opulence and elegance of the site insinuates praise of the terrible deed Baruch Goldstein did."

The High Court of Justice rejected an appeal by the parents of Baruch Goldstein, Yisrael and Miriam Goldstein, against the decision by the O/C Central Command to remove the structures and facilities set up around Baruch Goldstein's grave in Kiryat Arba.

The Central Command's decision was made following legislation, submitted by MK Ran Cohen at the previous Knesset, prohibiting memorials to be set up that commemorate perpetrators of terrorist acts.

Goldstein, who carried out the Tomb of the Patriarchs massacre, was buried in Kiryat Arba, after the IDF refused to allow him to be buried in the Jewish section of the Hebron cemetery. Surrounding the grave, a paved area, sink, bookshelves, memorial candles cupboard and other facilities were set up. The grave is situated at the end of a cultivated park. The headstone, the paving and structures in effect create a memorial site for Goldstein.

Published by Israel's Business Arena on November 14, 1999

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