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Israel Votes to Dismantle Shrine

June 3, 1998

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israel’s legislature voted Tuesday to dismantle the makeshift shrine that has sprung up at the grave of an Israeli gunman who massacred 29 Muslim worshipers.

In the attack four years ago in the West Bank town of Hebron, New York-born Baruch Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle on Muslim worshippers kneeling in prayer in the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site sacred to Muslims as well as Jews.

The makeshift shrine that has sprung up around Goldstein’s well-tended grave in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, just outside Hebron, has become a point of pilgrimage for Jewish extremists.

Objects to be removed include a cabinet containing a Torah, a case of religious books, and benches and lamps. The grave itself will not be moved.

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