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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.

“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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