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March 25, 1994 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-03-25

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To the 600 women who made a choice
to help their community and their people...

THANK YOU

from the Women's Division,
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

for your participation in the first
Allied Jewish Campaign program called

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A custodian surveys the Hebron mosque after the shooting.

Soldiers' Accounts
At Odds With Army's

And a special thank you to Franklin Bank for
underwriting Tovah Feldshules performance

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THE ROSENBERG FAMILY
JEFFREY AND PARENTS
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We'd like to

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& RELATIVES A VERY HEALTHY
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Catering: 626-5702

Adat Shalom Synagogue

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Jerusalem (JTA) — Two
Israeli soldiers who were on
guard duty at the Tomb of
the Patriarchs on the day
Baruch Goldstein murdered
at least 29 Palestinians have
come forward with
testimony that contradicts
the Israeli army version of
what took place on Feb. 25.
"We saw (Goldstein) with
an M-16," Sgt. Kobi Yosef
told the official commission
investigating the killings at
the Hebron mosque.
"About five minutes after
him, another man entered
with a Galil (assault rifle)
strapped against his body,"
Sgt. Yosef said.
His testimony was sup-
ported by Pvt. Nir Drori
who, along with Sgt. Yosef,
had been positioned at one of
the gates leading into the
mosque on the day of the
killings.
Their statements directly
contradicted the official
army accounts and provided
some support to statements
by Palestinians that more
than one man had been in-
volved in the shooting.
According to officials with
the Israel Defense Force, Mr.
Goldstein had acted alone.
Army investigators, who
had found shell casings on
the floor of the mosque after
the killings, said all the cas-
ings had come from an
Israeli-made Galil assault ri-
fle. No shells from an M-16,
an American-made weapon,
were found at the scene.
The two soldiers further
testified that they had fired
toward the crowd of Moslem
worshipers that came
stampeding from the mosque
after Mr. Goldstein opened
fire.
Pvt. Drori testified that he
shot three or four times, and

Sgt. Yosef said he fired one
bullet. Both denied that
their fire had struck any
worshipers.
The soldiers said they had
feared for their lives, believ-
ing a Palestinian was
shooting inside the mosque.
Their gunfire, they stated,
had been intended to stop
the worshipers from pouring
out of the mosque.
"We wanted to create a
jam at the door," said Sgt.
Yosef. "We thought it was
an Arab who fired. We were
afraid he would come out."
• Earlier, Lt. Rotem Ravivi,
the only Israeli officer who
was inside the Tomb of the
Patriarchs at the time, con-
tradicted portions of Sgt.
Yosef's and Pvt. Drori's
testimony.
According to Lt. Ravivi,
who saw Mr. Goldstein at
the gate to the mosque, the
settler was carrying a Galil
rifle. He further stated that
Mr. Goldstein was dressed in
army uniform and had a bag
and two- way radio.
Lt. Ravivi said he greeted
Mr. Goldstein at the en-
trance to the cave and noted
that he was in IDF uniform.
"He said he was on reserve
duty," the officer told the
panel, which met in
Jerusalem's High Court of
Justice.
Mr. Goldstein then went
into the complex, and the of-
ficer, who was not in the
prayer hall when Mr. Golds-
tein opened fire, said. he had
no further contact with him.
Nor had Lt. Ravivi any
reason to suspect anything
was amiss, he told the court.
Mr. Goldstein had never
drawn the soldiers' attention
to him in any way, he said.
Lt. Ravivi further de-
scribed Mr. Goldstein as a

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