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December 24, 2017

Ayelet Shaked’s Private Prosecutor

by MICHAEL SFARD
*Originally published in Haaretz’s Hebrew edition, 19.11.2017 “In the second decade of the 21st century, anti-democratic trends in Israel have increased. Senior politicians, and mostly the Prime Minister, have made extensive use of a rhetoric of intimidation and incitement against civil society organizations that criticize Israeli colonialism in the occupied Palestinian territories. The political arena […] continue reading ›
December 13, 2017

The State Attorney’s Office Virtual Reality

by MORDECHAI KREMNITZER in Haaretz
The public's trust in the State Attorney's Office must be in tune with its performances. The investigation of Dean Issacharoff and branding him as a liar, undermines this trust. continue reading ›
August 8, 2016

Elor Azaria is exposing the occupation, but he's no silence breaker

by YULI NOVAK in 972mag
In testimony at his manslaughter trial for summarily executing a disarmed Palestinian attacker, Elor Azaria is openly describing the violence, de-humanization, hatred, and settler domination that defines the occupation. But make no mistake, he’s not breaking… continue reading ›
May 13, 2016

Blood Soiled Hands and the Dreams of Our Fathers (On Israel Independence Day)

by YEHUDA SHAUL in Jewschool
There are those who purport to describe our protracted military occupation of the territories as a ‘’temporary project,’’ and as a necessary part of our “security.” It is hard to take this claim seriously. continue reading ›
March 23, 2016

Bibi, Leave My Grandparents Out of Your Politics

by YULI NOVAK in Haaretz
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? continue reading ›
March 14, 2016

Let’s Talk About the Occupation in (American) English

by AVNER GVARYAHU in Haaretz
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. continue reading ›
February 21, 2016

Political persecution won’t stop us from breaking our silence

by YULI NOVAK in +972 Magazine
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. continue reading ›
February 11, 2016

Breaking the Silence: toward a moral army and a moral country

by ACHIYA SCHATZ in 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. continue reading ›
December 3, 2015

The right and duty to break silence

by ACHIYA SCHATZ
It seems that today, more than any time in the past, the Israeli public is split between two rival camps. One camp champions radical nationalism with populist and racist messaging, some of whom have no problem with violence – whether physical or verbal, institutional or spontaneous. This is a camp that sees every critical statement that opposes its worldview as tantamount to treason. continue reading ›
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