Haaretz, February 10, 2016

 

since the beginning of the occupation Israel has been strict about demanding “quiet funerals,” in the dead of night, with a small group of participants, sometimes even outside the hometowns of the dead, and did not always allow families to erect a mourning tent or hold memorial ceremonies.

The reason, as Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan wrote in these pages), is the desire to avoid public disorder and incitement. Erdan also presented the story of the burial of Baruch Goldstein, the murderer from Kiryat Arba, as proof that the state does not discriminate between Jews and Palestinians. Erdan misleads us twice. Goldstein received a beautiful grave site in “Kahane Park,” which has become a place of pilgrimage for his followers, and Goldstein also has a book of heroism named after him, Baruch HaGever (“Blessed be the Man”) which continues to serve as basic reading material for the “hilltop youth.” Goldstein, in short, is an inseparable part of the settler legend, a legend that the Palestinians must not be allowed to foster.