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New Zealand massacres bring back memory of Ibrahimi Mosque attack

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The horrendous terrorist attack against Muslim worshippers at two Mosques in New Zealand evokes a chilling memory of one of the first terrorist attacks against a mosque in 1994.

Twenty-eight-year-old Australian White supremacist, Brenton Tarrant, entered two mosques on Friday in Christchurch, New Zealand firing at the congregants as they prayed, massacring 50 Muslims as they were praying and wounding dozens more.

The massacre took place within weeks of the 25-year anniversary of one of the first terrorist attacks against a mosque, committed on 25 February 1994 by a US doctor, Baruch Goldstein. Goldstein enjoyed dual citizenship and loyalty with Israel and was wearing an Israeli army uniform, issues that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar had warned were antithetical to American principles.

Goldstein was carrying an Israeli-issued automatic weapon and was serving with a heavily armed unit of Israeli soldiers who were engaged in protecting 400 Jews who had forcibly taken over a large section of Hebron’s downtown market as a settlement. The city’s 120,000 Palestinians, Christian, and Muslim, were subject to severe restrictions prohibiting their movement.

READ: 127 Israel aggressions on Al-Aqsa, Ibrahimi mosques in February

During the attack, which took only minutes, Goldstein killed 29 Muslims who were kneeling during prayers and wounded more than 125 others. Israeli soldiers who were protecting the settlers did not immediately respond to the violence and Goldstein was stopped only when Mosque-goers courageously ran towards him to restrain him and beat him to death as he tried to kill more.

The Ibrahimi Mosque, which Israelis call the Cave of the Patriarchs, is the burial tomb of several Biblical prophets that include Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and their wives, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah.

Goldstein would have kept shooting had it not been for the brave Muslims in the mosque who tackled him and eventually killing him.

The massacre took place in the........

© Middle East Monitor