- Upon his death, Baruch became a
martyr for many right-wing Israelis.
- His burial site was transformed into a holy grave, a pilgrimage
- a signifier of a cultural bond between burial locations, history,
- memory and nationalism. An infrastructure that fires the ideology
- of the strong and the rightful. An infrastructure cherished and
- protected with massive IDF troops.
- Assaf, an art student, returned last week from a 40-day stint of
- or army reserve duty. In his very quiet fashion he told me that he
- served inside one of the machpela tombs military
- as a medic. He showed me some colorful sketches he drew in
- his notebook, of the stained glass windows inside the tomb.
- We immediately got into a discussion about his new project
- for the semester. He could not verbalized nor discuss his feelings
- and emotions concerning the sketches he drew. He could not
- deal with the cruel reality at this point in space and time.
- He has no tools for that, he withdraws into himself, like
- many others in Israel, and will not engage, nor let his
- human feelings reach beyond himself and to the other.
- Thus he contributes to the objectification of the other, the Halil