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May 12, 2015 4:42 pm

‘#MyTruth’ Movement Grows Among IDF Soldiers Protesting ‘Breaking the Silence’ Report

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The "My Truth" movement against Breaking the Silence on Facebook. Photo: Facebook Screenshot

A protest among IDF soldiers against a recent report with testimonies from some 60 fighters who served in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge has swelled into a movement across social media called “my_truth.”

Current and former soldiers have been posting their combat experiences under the hashtag “האמת_שלי#” or “#my_truth” to counter the report released last week by the nongovernmental organization Breaking the Silence, which published soldiers’ testimonies from last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and accused the IDF of targeting civilians.

At least two Facebook groups of the same name already exist on the social network, with more than 1,500 followers between them, and posts on the pages relate stories from combat and messages of support.

One story, posted by Avihai Shoshan and Dror Dagan, tells of a risky 2004 mission to kill the head of Hamas’ Beit Lechem military operations, who was responsible for a deadly bus bombing in January that year which killed 11 people.

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“The Duvdevan Unit was chosen for the task, and after just a day-long briefing, set out to settle the score. The maneuvers themselves were complex and dangerous. For the purposes of security, we won’t elaborate. As we broke into the house and quickly checked the rooms, somebody fell and fainted who was later identified as the wife of that very senior Hamas operative.

“Dror, the company medic, didn’t hesitate and started treating the woman. Not two minutes passed when it turned out that the story of the fainting woman was really a trap. Everything was a show, a stalling trick to allow the wanted man to get organized. Inside a hollow wall, the wanted man is hiding and starts shooting indiscriminately. Several soldiers are immediately wounded, among them Dror the medic, who is mortally wounded.

“After a long rehabilitation, Dror is paralyzed from the chest down and is registered 100% disabled. Dror is wounded because he was educated on IDF ethical procedure of treating any wounded casualty, even if the casualty is the wife of a senior terrorist who faints during an arrest.”

The authors posted a picture apparently showing Dror in a wheelchair below the story.

Shorshan, one of the movement’s promoters, posted a call to fellow soldiers to “publish truth against the lies that Breaking the Silence has spread in Israel and around the world.”

The Breaking the Silence report included stories of indiscriminate tank fire on distant houses and the unprompted firing on a Palestinian man riding a bicycle.

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  • Eve

    Dror continues to show exemplary morals. In 2006, he founded the Dror for the Wounded Foundation to help other wounded IDF solders http://www.DrorFoundation.org.

  • Mike Graham
  • David

    #My_Truth more like #My_Hasbara

    • kweansmom

      But you accept the testimony of BtS soldiers without question? These soldiers offered their names and posted on their facebook pages. The BtS soldiers are faceless and nameless.

    • Naftali

      Actually, it’s by Israeli soldiers past and present, like myself, who ARE NOT PAID by anti-Semitic Europeans to defame Israel

      • Cindy

        So you are happy to defame Israel just for the hell of it? Because Hamas and the PA are so good, kind and loving? Thanks to organizations like BtS, Israel is held to a higher standard than any other country anywhere. Period.

  • esther noodelman

    WASHING YOUR LINEN IN PUBLIC IS AIWAYS UGLY!

    OUR SOLDIERS ARE VERY YOUNG AND DEDICATED,BUT UNLESS THEY HAVE A TORAH BACKGROUND TO APPRECIATE THE UNNBELIEVABLE SACRIFICE THEY ARE MAKING AS HOLY,IT WILL GET DISTORTED.
    INTERESTING THAT THE COMMENTS OF THE UGLY DESTRUCTIVE ENEMY IS NOT MENTIONED.

  • MARCO SPORTICH

    I THINK THAN THE NEW MINISTER FROM HABAYIT YEHUDITH ..AYELETH SHAKED ..HAS REASON TO GIVING TO ISRAELI JUSTICE ..A ZIONISM JUSTICE AND NATIONALIST WAY ..BEFORE ..WE HAVE FED UP THAN THIS JUSTICE ISRAELI WAS TOO LEFTISTS WE WILL KNOWS THAN SUPRME COURT BAGATZ ..MOST HIS JUDGE ARE LEFTISTS AND SAME SUPPORTERS OF MERETZ AND PALESTINIANS CAUSE .. AND IS NOT NORMAL THAN ITS THIS BOGEDIM GEDOLIM ..OR LEFTISTS JUSTICE JUDGE ARE GIVING A JUSTICE LEFTISTS AND ANTI NATIONLIST AND ALLWAYS ARE GIVING UP THEIR OK TO SHALOM ACHAV SUPPORTS OF BLADDY PALESTINIANS CAUSE ..FOR CONTROLING ALL AREAS OF JUDEA SAMARIA ..SUSCEPTIBLE ..ITS SHAME THAN THIS TRAITORS OF SHALOM ACHAV ARE WORKING FOR OUR ENNEMYS PALESTINIANS OF FATAH AND HAMAS .. THIS LEFTISTS ARE THE SHAME OF JEWISH PEOPLE .. AND ITS NORMAL THAN THE NEW MINISTER OF JUSTICE GIVE UP A NATIONALIST WAY AND ANSWERS TO ALL ISRAELIS LEFTISTS THAN SHUD BE OUTLAWS AND SHUD BE GOES TO JAIL FOR CONTACT WITH ENNEMYS PALESTINIANS §

    ISRAEL NEEDS TO FIRED ALL JUDGE LEFTIST FOR HENCEFORTH GIVING A NEW WAY FOR ERETZ ISRAEL FOR REAL NATIONALIST JUSTICE FOR RIGHTIST PEOPLE OF ISRAEL ARE IN MAJORITY §§

    SHAME TO THIS ENNEMYS OF ISRAEL THIS YESH VUL …YESH DIN ..SHALOM ACHAV .. SERUV.ORG BETHSELEM ETC

    AM ISRAEL CHAI

  • ‘My Truth’ should be developed into a book to be published in Hebrew and English, with stories verified by senior officers. Allegations against the IDF must, of course, continue to be investigated.

  • Just as social democratic statists hold on tight to medieval social relations, numerous Israelis have moved into modernity. But not those who still bow to the United Nations and their fictional international community. See http://clarespark.com/2014/06/18/how-ralph-bunche-sold-out-and-failed-in-palestine/.

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