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May 11, 2015

‘From what we knew, that area was supposedly devoid of civilians’: The testimonies of Israeli soldiers provided to Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence claims that many of these deaths were preventable, and were the result of Israeli military policies, which, “led to massive and unprecedented harm to the population and the civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.” continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

The Day After

by NEVE GORDON in London Review of Books
As the troops prepared to enter Gaza, artillery and intelligence officers determined which targets should be eliminated before the ground invasion: tall buildings overlooking the incursion route, for example, and places from which rockets had been launched at Israel. One soldier describes a high-ranking officer looking at an aerial photo on which targets had been circled, and then pointing at several other Palestinian houses and instructing the artillery officer to eliminate them too. continue reading ›
May 10, 2015

How I became involved with Breaking the Silence

by AVIHAI STOLLAR in +972 mag
When I ran into an old classmate who suggested that I testify, I told him I had nothing to tell. He insisted, and only then I realized how wrong I was. continue reading ›
May 10, 2015

Chronicle of a tragedy foretold in Gaza

by IDO EVEN PAZ in +972 mag
If there’s one takeaway from the newly published Breaking the Silence report, it’s that the IDF is most certainly not the most moral army in the world. continue reading ›
May 7, 2015

‘You cannot fire a mortar and target your enemy precisely – I can say that with confidence’

by ITAY REZNIK in The Journal
As long as we do not demand that our leaders stop using weapons whose use is almost guaranteed to harm an innocent population, we – each and every one of us – will continue to bear the responsibly for the killing of civilians. Including the next time this kind of weaponry is used in the Gaza Strip. continue reading ›
May 7, 2015

We cannot allow the soldiers to bear Israel’s shame alone

by NADAV BIGELMAN in I24news
We cannot allow the soldiers who realized they were sent to Gaza to fire indiscriminately at civilian neighborhoods, to bear the shame of the IDF’s behavior alone. continue reading ›
May 7, 2015

In Wartime, Who Comes First — Soldiers or Civilians?

It is hard, perhaps impossible, to know exactly how ethics factor into each IDF decision on the ground. But there is solid evidence to suggest that, at least in Operation Protective Edge, Kasher’s version of the IDF code dominated practice. One of the clearest indicators is the way in which artillery was used during this operation. continue reading ›
May 6, 2015

Good morning al-Burejj

One of our veteran activists and researchers at Breaking the Silence, Nadav Bigelman, has begun blogging for The Times of Israel - check out his first piece here on our book of testimonies on Operation Protective Edge continue reading ›
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