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May 20, 2017

Opinion | Life Behind Israel’s Checkpoints

RAMALLAH, WEST BANK — Every conflict has its heroes. In Palestine they’re the taxi drivers. After living for half a century under occupation, I can no longer endure the anxiety of what might appear on the road, whether it is angry drivers bottlenecked at the hundreds of barriers scattered through the West Bank or the pathetic boys who throw themselves at your car pretending to clean the windshield, asking for money. The plight of these boys invariably makes me hate myself, forcing me to confront the extent to which my society has failed. Then, of course, there is the indignity of having to wait on the whim of an Israeli teenage soldier to motion me to pass. continue reading ›
May 11, 2017

If You Served in the Army, You Know: Breaking the Silence Is Telling the Truth

A group of reservists is trying to discredit the group, saying it lies about Israel's actions in the occupied territories. I'd like to thank them for getting me to finally speak up about what is being done in Israel's name continue reading ›
May 9, 2017

Israeli Democracy Needs Hordes of Breakers of Silence

Netanyahu wants to enclose the occupation in an iron curtain that will give his government a monopoly on information continue reading ›
May 1, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Princeton IDF veterans support the decision of J Street U to host Breaking the Silence

As members of the Princeton community and as veterans of the Israel Defense Forces, we, the undersigned, support J Street U’s decision to host Breaking the Silence. continue reading ›
April 15, 2017

Eimear McBride in the West Bank: ‘All that is human in me recoils from this’

The award-winning author witnesses Palestinian life under occupation: ‘I cannot forget the madness of what I saw there. The sheer effort to make history die’ continue reading ›
April 10, 2017

Marking the festival of liberation as the occupation hits 50

As we celebrate Passover this year, we will also be marking the 50th year of the occupation. It’s time to reflect on what liberation really means when you’re holding another people captive. continue reading ›
April 2, 2017

‘The occupation will collapse. And then we’ll build a moral society here’

On Saturday night, thousands of Palestinians and Jews gathered in Jerusalem for an anti-occupation protest marking 50 years since the occupation began. Breaking the Silence head Yuli Novak spoke to demonstrators about the importance of solidarity and resistance to the violence and racism of the Israeli government. Below is a transcript of the speech, translated from Hebrew. continue reading ›
February 24, 2017

Why Breaking the Silence?

When an autoimmune disease breaks out the immune system gets confused and instead of protecting the body it attacks itself. It seems that in the past year, such behavior has developed as a natural, but worrisome, reaction to the government’s campaign of incitement and intimidation against the Israeli left. continue reading ›
February 8, 2017

Netanyahu wants to repress my group, Breaking the Silence. May, don’t help him

As an Israeli, it’s not my place to tell Netanyahu to stop interfering in decisions made by the British government. That’s something British citizens can do. What I can do is shed some light on the reason Netanyahu is so intent on stopping us, an organisation of soldiers who encourage public debate on the reality of occupation and the moral price it exacts from Israelis. continue reading ›
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