Upon his death, Baruch became a martyr for many right-wing Israelis.
His burial site was transformed into a holy grave, a pilgrimage site,
a signifier of a cultural bond between burial locations, history, death,
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 miluim,
or army reserve duty. In his very quiet fashion he told me that he
served inside one of the machpela tomb’s military checkpoints
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 Arabs.