Patrick Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.
Friday 21 November 1997
The attacker used a sub-machine gun to shoot shot one student in the leg and fired six more rounds after he fell to the ground, killing him, police said. He was named as Gabriel, Hirschberg, 26, who moved to Israel from Hungary eight years ago.
The second student, wounded three times, fled to a nearby house in the Muslim quarter of the city in which the cabinet minister Ariel Sharon nominally lives, though it is also owned by Ateret Cohanim. The attack shows the mounting tension between Israelis and Palestinians over control of the holy places of Jerusalem. - Patrick Cockburn, Jerusalem
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