Goldstein Hailed at Memorial but Violence Erupts in Hebron

Hundreds of people attended a service without incident at the grave of Baruch Goldstein, the Kiryat Arba settler who opened fire on Muslim worshipers one year ago at the Cave of the Patriarchs, killing 29.

However, violence erupted in Hebron after the memorial service.

The controversial gathering had been denounced by members of the Israeli government, which called for prosecution of any people who sympathized with Goldstein or praised his actions.

The participants in the service, defying an Israel Defense Force effort to close off the area, gathered at the site to recite Psalms. Some called for more attacks and for the deportation of Arabs. They also praised the Brooklyn-born Goldstein.

The service was attended by members of Goldstein’s family.

After the memorial, fighting broke out in Hebron, where soldiers opened fire on Palestinians throwing stones. One Palestinian was wounded, Palestinian sources said.