JERUSALEM (Jun. 22)
The Israeli settler responsible for carrying out the Feb. 25 Hebron massacre is worthy of being designated a holy martyr, according to Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior.
Dr. Baruch Goldstein, who lived in the Kiryat Arba settlement located near Hebron, is “to be put on a par with the holy martyrs of the Holocaust” Lior told Israel Radio on Tuesday, because he was killed by Palestinians after he carried out the massacre.
Lior said that when a Jew is killed by non-Jews, one does not take into consideration the sins he may have committed because the manner of his death atones for whatever he may have done wrong during his life.
“Do we ask of the martyrs of the Holocaust what they did during their lifetime?” Lior said.
In a related development, the commission that was set up to probe the events surrounding the Feb. 25 killings is scheduled to deliver the final report of its findings on Sunday.