IDF Reservist Breaks Silence About ‘Breaking the Silence’ in New Viral Video Clip
A reservist IDF officer has launched a new kind of battle, this one on the Internet, Israeli news site nrg reported on Monday.
Major (ret.) Amit Deri has spearheaded a video campaign against “Breaking the Silence,” a group of Israeli veterans whose call to “end the Occupation” is often criticized for its exaggerated criticism of the Jewish state.
The video-gone-viral that was released last week, called “The Collection of Lies,” depicts a tour of Breaking the Silence activists in Hebron.
It shows one of the organization’s leaders, Avner Gvaryahu, telling a small group of British tourists about Israeli “soldiers using machine guns and hitting civilian centers in Hebron.”
Gvaryahu also describes IDF soldiers — annoyed at having to miss an important soccer match — breaking into a Palestinian-owned apartment with a satellite dish, blindfolding its occupants and watching the game on their TV. “This happens whenever there is an important game on television,” claims Gvaryahu.
Deri, who commands a platoon in the reserves and has conducted tours of duty in Hebron, refutes such claims. He says that during all of the years he served in Hebron, nothing so egregious had ever happened.
While admitting that “moral failures” occasionally occur, he says they are not a result of deliberate policy, as Breaking the Silence asserts. He insists that they are rare exceptions, any that any soldiers engaging in them are severely punished by the IDF.