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March 26, 2012 12:35 pm

Halberstam Killer: “I Only Shot Them Because They Were Jewish”

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Rashid Baz in the custory of the New York City Police Department, following murderous shooting attack on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994.

18 years after Rashid Baz opened fire on a group of Jewish students riding along the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the killer’s confession that he shot at the students because of their religion has been made public by the New York Post.

Ari Halberstam, who was 16 years old at the time, was killed in the attack.

According to the information obtained by The Post, Baz admitted to following the van full of students for two miles, from the Manhattan Eye and Ear Infirmary on the city’s east side, over to the bridge.

When asked by investigators if he would have shot at a van with Latinos or African-Americans inside, Baz repsonded, “No, I only shot them because they were Jewish.”

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The confession, which was given in 2007 according to The Post’s report, confirms what many in New York have believed to be true since the 1994 attack.  In court, Baz claimed the incident was in response to a traffic dispute.

Baz, who was born in Lebanon, said he followed the van full of Jewish students in response to the 1994 attack on Muslims in the West Bank, in which 29 people were killed when Baruch Goldstein opened fire in the city of Hebron.

In 1995 the southbound ramp on the Brooklyn Bridge was renamed the “Ari Halberstam Ramp”.

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  • why does the Algemeiner state that Boruch Goldstein killed 29 people? i would have hoped the Algemeiner would be more careful. i think by now there are enough people who question the process of the Rabin murder. the same players orchestrated the setting up of Boruch Goldstein. there was a political need to cast an ugly shadow on all settlers. the Goldstein setup was well done, but not perfectly done.
    perhaps next time, the Algemeiner could say that Baz was reacting to the news reports of the Hevron incident, that has long been questioned by people who dare to question.

    those who do not question are afraid of the truth. it could be ugly.

    and why do you call it the West Bank?
    thank you for calling the alleged victims Muslims and not Palestinians. there is hope for you yet!
    btw – there were few authentic Arab corpses from the event, if any.
    the one corpse for sure, was Boruch Goldstein.
    and the true victims of the event are the settlers.

    • avi

      The Algemeiner says that Boruch Goldstein killed 29 people because he did. Actually killed is the wrong word, murdered 29 people. I don’t care what you’re politics are and mine are certainly to the right, only a lunatic can justify what Goldstein did and worse yet believe ridiculous nonsense that he was set up. He was our version of those whom we always condemn. And what did he accomplish ? Anyone have an answer ?

    • avi

      The Algemeiner says that Boruch Goldstein killed 29 people because he did. Actually killed is the wrong word, murdered 29 people. I don’t care what your politics are and mine are certainly to the right, only a lunatic can justify what Goldstein did and worse yet believe ridiculous nonsense that he was set up. He was our version of those whom we always condemn. And what did he accomplish ? Anyone have an answer ?

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