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  • 'I realized violence came from settlers, not Palestinians'

    On the occasion of 10 years since the founding of Breaking the Silence, a former IDF soldier talks about how he came to understand the immorality of the mission his country sent him on, and Israeli society’s silence surrounding it. By Shay Davidovich The drive down Highway 5, heading east into the Occupied Territories, can be deceptive. The wide road and pastoral landscape almost succeed in obscuring the barbed wire fences and heavy military presence. I know this road quite well. It leads to the settlement of Ariel, where I grew up and lived most of my life. Much of…

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  • Testimony: Soldier fired directly at Bil'in demonstrator killed in 2009

    New light is shed on the shooting death of non-violent demonstrator Bassem Abu Rahme in Bil'in in 2009: A soldier who served in the same brigade as the shooter testifies how the incident was perceived by other soldiers. The testimony strengthens the claim that the shot was fired against army regulations. "The guy who shot him… was kind of pleased with the whole thing, he had an X on his launcher." On April 17, 2009 Bassem Abu Rahme was killed by an extended-range tear-gas canister that hit him directly in the chest. Abu Rahme, one of the most prominent figures…

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  • Testimonies by Israeli soldiers detail abuse of Palestinian children

    Breaking the Silence, an organization of Israelis who served in the IDF and work to expose human rights violations committed by Israel,  released today a collection of soldiers' testimonies called Children and Youth, Soldiers' Testimonies 2005-2011. The report attests to the mistreatment of Palestinian children, still taking place, years after the peak of the Second Intifada. +972 bloggers often report on the maltreatment and abuse of children, but nothing speaks as strongly as firsthand accounts by young men - practically children themselves when they join the army - who are trying to come to terms with their actions. This catharsis, while it…

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