This case smacks of scapegoating. Instead of investigating the Israel Defense Forces’ assault policies, as reflected by the last Gaza war, the Military Police and State Prosecutor’s Office are focusing on a single case of low-level severity.
Case is being brought against Breaking the Silence, which publishes anonymous testimonies of Israeli soldiers.
State attorney wants NGO to reveal soldiers who gave testimony about troops' misbehavior.
we must ask ourselves if we have fulfilled the dream of our founding fathers, or whether the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian people prevents us from establishing a society based on freedom, justice and peace. If the latter is true, as I believe...
07.05.2016[The Washington Post]
The organizers hope their words will kindle reflection, outrage, change. They think that after five decades of daily news coverage, often numbing in its narrative of stalled 'peace processes' and kill-reprisal-repeat, the Israel-Palestinian conflict needs...
“Despair is a luxury,” wrote Waldman and Chabon in their announcement of the book, explaining that that they had decided to use “our voices and our words” to bear witness to Israel’s lengthy military occupation rather than turning away in hopelessness....
Award-winning Australian author Geraldine Brooks returns to the Middle East, where she began her career as a journalist, to observe life under Israeli occupation for a book that will mark 50 years since Israel took control of the West Bank.
in campus environments where hostility to and suspicion of Israel and the IDF run high, men and women like Nadav show skeptics that Israeli soldiers are not monsters, but complex human beings. They show that there are Israelis committed to helping their...
30.03.2016[The Jewish Week]
Nonetheless, in a country where the army is an almost sacred institution and where almost everybody serves, their mission and tactics make them very controversial. This time, Breaking the Silence was accused of collecting classified information about...
I work for Breaking the Silence. But why should my grandparents be woken up by a 1 A.M. phone call telling them their granddaughter is a whore? Will anyone end the incitement?
All such tactics have the same goal: To divert discussion from the injustices that left-wing organizations expose into a debate over the organizations themselves.
The campaign against the Israeli Left continues: why did Channel 2 air a segment that paints Breaking the Silence as a traitorous organization that peddles in state secrets?
What will the prime minister do on the day the Israeli public gets up and refuses to keep living by the sword?
Israeli leaders strive to present Breaking the Silence as the enemy. Outlawing the human rights group would not bode well for Israeli freedom of expression.
Netanyahu announces probe after Channel 2 reports group milks former soldiers for information about military activity; group fires back, saying testimonies it publishes are in line with IDF censorship guidelines.
Ari Shavit’s strategies for bridging the gap between U.S. Jews and Israel effectively act to obscure the line that separates Israel from the occupied territories. That line is what Breaking the Silence seeks to protect.
Breaking the Silence initiative will bring famous authors to Israel and West Bank, to tell real stories.
The orchestrated onslaught against Israeli anti-occupation groups have led to death threats and physical attacks. But we will not be scared — we are determined to save our country from the same messianic, nationalistic, and racist forces that harm it.
10.02.2016[THE JERUSALEM POST]
We turn to our society and to the Israeli leadership with two demands: first, assume responsibility to remain aware of the nature of the missions you send us out to carry out and what they entail. Second, change the mission.
Amid an unprecedented wave of delegitimization and attacks on human rights groups in Israel, dozens of organizations throw a mini-festival in Tel Aviv, sending a message that they will not be deterred.
The campaign against the Left in Israel reaches a new low: a planned protest at the wedding of an anti-occupation group’s director and her wife-to-be. It shows that when dissent is characterized as treason, there is no area of one’s life that is off-limits.
- Tue, 24 May 2016 14:49:02Remember the Samaria Settlers’ Committee? Great. Pretty soon we'll be funding them again! https://t.co/GlVrFM7IBf
- Mon, 23 May 2016 18:14:20When entering innocent Palestinian homes doesn’t bother us- it's no surprise that this practice is used in E. J'lem https://t.co/iPqUChU51I
- Sun, 22 May 2016 16:18:01The court delayed the discussion to allow the State Attorney to decide its stance on a number of issues. It will continue on July 18th, 2016
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:33:03Sfard: "I am asking the Court to defend BtS and thus to defend civil society, which is already shaky, and is watching with great anxiety."
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:30:40Sfard: "The questions that the court is being asked to answer have enormous implications for democracy and freedom of expression in Israel"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:21:55Sfard: "There are addition publications in the media about these events that the State Attorney has not addressed. Why not?"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:19:30>>and are not connected to bodily injury or death. This is not the sort of case that justifies revoking journalistic privilege."
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:17:56Sfard: "1. The cases in question have been carefully selected and are not among the severe cases that took place throughout Protective Edge>
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:14:42Sfard: "Above this all is the issue of proportionality; which public interests will be damaged by the revocation of journalistic privilege"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:04:20Sfard: "BtS gathers and publishes, with great responsibility, information that is of public importance -- this is journalistic work."
- Sun, 22 May 2016 15:02:05Sfard: "Journalism doesn't need a license. The court recognized testimony collection as crucial for public & as journalistic work"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:57:51Sfard: "Immense damage stands be done to BtS & to civil society, who will see how legal means are being used to destroy a Human Rights org"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:53:52Sfard "The State Attorney is supposed to defend freedom in Israel. But they submitted this request on the heels of a campaign of incitement"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:52:01Adv. Sfard: "BtS members are exhausted. Half a year of incitement, the PM and govt Ministers speaking against the org. Political incitement"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:43:39Sfard: "This case is about freedom of expression- not only BtS', but that of all soldiers who want to be heard."
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:41:57Sfard: "Accepting the State Attorney's request would mean ending the project of collecting soldiers' testimonies; silencing the soldiers."
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:39:15Judge: "Was there a guarantee?"
Sfard: "The soldiers were explicitly guaranteed that their testimonies and identities won't be revealed."
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:37:23Adv Sfard: "for over 11 yrs, BtS has interviewed over 1,100 soldiers & published their testimonies, which sparked crucial public discussion"
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:34:40The discussion has begun, despite State Attorney's req. to delay. Bc>>the State Attorney rep does not have the authority to reach compromise
- Sun, 22 May 2016 14:32:17Judge: "the question is whether we can no arrive at an agreement." The State Attorney objects. Judge: "So the discussion will move forward"