These are now national monuments
Just like anyone killed for being Jewish or a defender of Israel is not just part of their families. They are also losses of the Jewish People and State.
At the funeral, the family decides how much publicity they want. But the murdered are forever a portion of our national history and must be collectively commemorated too.
I understand (and am amazed) that the 90% survivors seek to return to live well at the killing grounds of October 7. ‘Living well is the best revenge.’
However, the worst places of bloodshed cannot be restored to normalcy. They are eternal monuments. For generations, we all must be able to visit Be’eri and the grounds of the Nova Festival just like we visit Auschwitz.
The contrast between the genocidal areas and the rebuilt places will only highlight the disaster committed.
Yes, we have much imagery taken after the atrocities (and also before when it still was a little paradise), but that’s not the same. Maybe, in a world smitten by fake news and virtual reality, that goes against the zeitgeist. But we Jews have always ignored the craze of the day and opted for eternal values.
In coordination with the local survivors and highly sensitively, the State needs to decide what must be preserved.
Individuals and communities can bravely decide to just turn a new leaf. The State cannot. History would never forgive us.