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Breaking the Silence: IDF's treatment of Palestinian children

The following is a compendium of testimonies given by over thirty IDF soldiers who served in the West Bank and in and around the Gaza Strip in the years 2005-2011. Like previous publications by Breaking the Silence, it portrays daily events in the Occupied Territories. The testimonies in this anthology illuminate the realities of everyday life for Palestinian children and youth who live under Israeli occupation. Although the events described here took place after the peak of the Second Intifada, at a time perceived as calm and uneventful from a “security” standpoint, the reality that emerges from the testimonies shows that harsh treatment of Palestinian children continues unabated, and despite the overall security situation. 

To access the report from Breaking the Silence’s website, click here

Breaking the Silence: Children and Youth – Soldiers Testimonies, 2005-2011

“Breaking the Silence” is an organization of Israeli veterans who served during the Second Intifada, beginning in 2000. The organization aims to make public the everyday life routine as it exists in the Occupied Territories, a reality that remains voiceless in the media, and to serve as an alternative information conduit for the public at large about the goings-on in the State of Israel’s ‘backyard’. 

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    1. “it looked like some Vietnam War movie”: if you place soldiers in such structual antagonism, so it will be. If children cannot be defined as children, irrespective of race or residence, then this conflict can never end. Treating them as children foremost would be a step toward resolution. It would have dangers, so might well try to use the stance for other ends. But courage always has dangers. And this courage is about defining what Israel shall become. The alternative is the unending loss of fact, until “terrorism” is Orwellian and “proof” is discourse from Kafka. As these children are blindfolded and shackled, so thought becomes in Israel. This fight for children beyond the Wall is as well a fight for children within the Wall. Otherwise, in both cases fear becomes a birthright.

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