Thursday, February 27, 2014
This piece incorporates images from the Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron where in 1994 Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli settler and member of the far-right Israeli Kach movement, opened fire on unarmed Muslims praying inside. Twenty nine Muslims were killed, and one hundred twenty five were injured. The niche made of ceramic tiles provides a place for the Israeli soldiers in this image; half of the mosque has been converted to a synagogue, and on Jewish holy days, Muslims are not allowed to enter their mosque. Spilling out of the niche are a pile of plastic rugs kept in the mosque. These rugs are used to cover the carpets when non-Muslims who refuse to remove their shoes are in the mosque. Our guide told us that Israeli government officials have been guilty of this disrespect, as well as Jewish settlers.