Hebron. Shuhadaa street in the old city used to be a lively market place, but was abruptly shut down by the Israeli military following the Goldstein Massacre of 1994. Barukh Goldstein, a settler and military doctor, fired at Muslim worshipers at the Ibrahimi mosque in the early hours of 25 February, 1994, killing 29 of them and wounding another 125. In the wake of subsequent violence, the Israeli military closed Shuhadaa street to Palestinians, shuttering stores and forcing residents off public spaces. Today, only Jewish settlers and their guests are allowed to move through the bulk of Shuhadaa street. Protesters chanted against the ongoing closure, against the ghettoization of Hebron and the continued settlement project that disrupt the daily lives of Palestinian civilians. The Israeli army dispersed protesters with barrages of tear gas. No serious injuries or arrests reported.

Dismantle the Ghetto, Hebron, 2017

Hundreds marched today for the annual “Open Shuhadaa Street” protest in the occupied city of Hebron. Shuhadaa street in the old city used to be a lively market place, but was abruptly shut down by the Israeli military following the Goldstein Massacre of 1994. Barukh Goldstein, a settler and military doctor, fired at Muslim worshipers…

Palestinians marked the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre with a protest calling to end collective punishment and open Shuhadaa street. In the early morning hours of 25 February 1994, Barukh Goldstein, a settler from Kiryat Arba entered the Ibrahimi Mosque and fired his automatic weapon at Muslim worshipers, killing 29 of them, inuring 125. Goldstein, who was killed by survivors, was buried in Kiryat Arba and revered by many settlers. Palestinians bore the brunt of his actions, when the Israeli army closed Shuhadaa street, formerly a bustling commercial area in the old city, to the movement of Palestinians, allowing only Jewish settlers and foreign tourists. the street not only remains closed, but in recent months, Israel has stepped up its repression of Palestinians in Hebron, shuttering many more stores, and registering resident Palestinians in a move that is designed to facilitate settler takeover of properties. Since October, 18 Palestinians have been shot and killed on Hebron streets by soldiers who alleged knife attacks. Many more have been rounded up and arrested.
Today, protested attempted to march towards Kiryat Arba, where Goldstein lives and is buried, but the Israeli army, expecting them, attacked marchers with tear gas and stun grenades. The soldiers targeted photojournalists, and one Palestinian reporter was arrested.

Open Shuhadaa street, Hebron 26/02/2016

Palestinians marked the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre with a protest calling to end collective punishment and open Shuhadaa street. In the early morning hours of 25 February 1994, Barukh Goldstein, a settler from Kiryat Arba entered the Ibrahimi Mosque and fired his automatic weapon at Muslim worshipers, killing 29 of them, inuring…

21 years ago, a settler by the name of Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi mosque at dawn and shot down 29 Muslim worshippers, injuring 125 more. In the chain of tragic events following the massacre, the Israeli army closed Shuhadaa street, formerly a lively commercial hub, to the movement of Palestinians, including those who actually reside there. The annual "Open Shuhadaa street" campaign renews the popular call to end this closure. Today, Palestinian and international solidarity activists marched in the old city of Hebron demanding the opening of the street. Israeli soldiers attempted to disperse marchers using stun grenades, rubber-coated bullets and even live (tutu) bullets that sent at least three protesters to the hospital for medical treatment.

Open Shuhadaa street, Hebron

21 years ago, a settler by the name of Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi mosque at dawn and shot down 29 Muslim worshippers, injuring 125 more. In the chain of tragic events following the massacre, the Israeli army closed Shuhadaa street, formerly a lively commercial hub, to the movement of Palestinians, including those who actually…

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Open Shuhada Street, Hebron

Hundreds in Hebron marked today the 20th anniversary to the Baruch Goldstein massacre in the Ibrahimi mosque. At dawn of 25 February, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a settler and a physician, opened fire on hundreds of Muslim worshippers at the mosque, killing 29 of them. Subsequently, the IDF closed Shuhada street, previously a lively commercial centre…

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Open Shuhada Street, Hebron

Hundreds in Hebron marked today the 18th anniversary to the Baruch Goldstein massacre in the Ibrahimi mosque. At dawn of 25 February, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a settler and a physician, opened fire on hundreds of Muslim worshippers at the mosque, killing 29 of them. Subsequently, the IDF closed Shuhada street, previously a lively commercial centre…