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Israeli Defense Minister Rails Against IDF Whistle-Blower NGO Breaking the Silence

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon. Credit: Reuven Kapuscinski.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Credit: Reuven Kapuscinski.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon railed against Breaking the Silence, an Israeli NGO based in Jersualem, in a Facebook post on Monday, after the group took part in a Haaretz conference in New York over the weekend.

The defense minister charged Breaking the Silence with engaging in “hypocrisy and false propaganda” in an attempt to delegitmize the Israeli defense establishment.

Ya’alon said he would forbid Breaking the Silence members from being present in any IDF activities. Undermining the group’s legitimacy, the defense minister said that there had been unsuccessful investigations into claims made through Breaking the Silence testimonies in the past.

Breaking the Silence was founded by former Israeli soldiers and IDF officials. It offers a platform for former soldiers stationed in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem — territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War — to confidentially describe the things they saw while on duty.

Testimonies from a Breaking the Silence report about the 2014 Gaza war included tales of “revenge attacks” by Israeli soldiers and the demolition of Palestinian houses by the IDF. The report was covered in the international press apparently before the Israeli military authorities were given the chance to investigate the claims, which were handed over anonymously.

“This is an outrageous, intolerable phenomenon and we have no intention of compromising in the battle on behalf of IDF soldiers,” said Ya’alon. “Even I have experienced such personal persecution in various countries throughout the world, but we cannot let such a thing keep our hands tied.”

Israeli officials have also criticized the group after reports revealed it gets much — if not the majority — of its funding from foreign sources, including several European governments.

Breaking the Silence meanwhile rejected Ya’alon’s comments on its own Facebook post on Monday, and promised to continue gathering and releasing testimonies.

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  • Ghilmeini

    Time to require 100% transparency on NGOs funding. 100% Tax on all political spending from abroad.

    Stop the bs, you stop the BDS

  • Jonah

    its the Israelis that are facing revenge attacks. Why? Because the Palestinians along with most of the rest of the Islamic states are taking revenge against Gods elect because God chose them through Abraham and Isaac to establish the covenant linage of our messia. They are so ticked off that they created their own God (Allah), their own messia, and their own dome of the rock, their own holy book. Yes their will be revenge attacks against Jews and Christians until God evens the score with Armeggedon. Until then Islam will continue killing Jews and Christians at wharp speed. With Obama as their sword bearing leader. So prepare for the psalm 83 war. Bengazi cultivated the seeds of the psalm 83 war Obama is its master planner. Code word for the Arab Spring is….lets kill all the Jews and Christians.

  • Moshe Forman

    Calling Breaking the Silence “Whistle Blowers” is giving them a credibility that they do not deserve. They are an organization of bare-faced liars.

  • To my mind Israel needs a law, outlawing anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish organisations such as “Breaaking the Silence”, B’tselem and most important, the dangerous NIF.

    They are undemocratic organisations, supporting the palestinanian-arab cause and defame, demonize and delegitimize Israel and support the infamous BDS.