Purim began Monday night in Israel and dozens of right-wing activists gathered in Hebron to read the book of Esther and celebrate together. It was 11 years ago that right-wing activist Baruch Goldstein entered a mosque in Hebron and murdered 20 Palestinians during Purim. Police declared Goldstein’s gravesite a closed military zone and prevented right-wing activists from visiting the site. During the reading of Esther, when Haman’s name was read, they shouted “Sharon and Olmert.” Those present brought a picture of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner and Police Chief Moshe Karadi smiling at each other and then set the police chief’s picture on fire. The night ended without any arrests. Among the attendees were far right-wing activists Michael Ben-Horin, Noam Federman and Itamar Ben-Gvir.
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