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Opinion Articles

July 16, 2014

How an army of defense became an army of vengeance

I will never forget the evening my friends and I were sent to kill Palestinian police officers in a revenge attack. We went from soldiers sent to defend our families to murderers of innocent people. continue reading ›
July 15, 2014

As an ex-soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, I’ve seen how shockingly we treat Palestinians

by AVNER GVARYAHU in The Independent
There are moral red lines. Why do we keep crossing them? continue reading ›
June 11, 2014

‘I realized violence came from settlers, not Palestinians’

by SHAY DAVIDOVICH in +972 Magazine
On the occasion of 10 years since the founding of Breaking the Silence, a former IDF soldier talks about how he came to understand the immorality of the mission his country sent him on, and Israeli society’s silence surrounding it. continue reading ›
June 5, 2014

Breaking the silence on Palestine

by YEHUDA SHAUL in The Sydney Morning Herald
This year, Israel celebrated its 66th anniversary. For 47 of those years, Israel has maintained military control over the occupied territories. This is not a side project; this is the Israeli national project. continue reading ›
June 4, 2014

Plugging Our Ears Does Not Serve Israel

by ODED NA’AMAN in The Jewish Week
IDF vet says American Jewish establishment pays more attention to its feelings about Israel than to facts on the ground. continue reading ›
April 22, 2014

History repeats itself in Hebron

The new settlement in the Rajabi house will exact an unimaginable toll on Palestinians living in the city. continue reading ›
March 24, 2014

BTS responds to AIJAC

by YEHUDA SHAUL in jwire
As an organization, Breaking the Silence has a policy of avoiding responses to each and every unfounded smear against us by groups that simply copy and paste the misinformation promulgated by the extremist right-wing organization, NGO Monitor. It is unfortunate that AIJAC has stooped to NGO Monitor’s reckless tactics, which never cease to remind us of the dark days of 1950’s McCarthyism. Yet for the sake of the Australian public, we believe AIJAC’s attack allows us the opportunity to set the record straight. continue reading ›
February 23, 2014

Israel’s greatest danger is its role as occupier

I HAVE been following the discussion in Australia regarding the recent program aired on ABC’s Four Corners, for which I was interviewed. I served as a combat soldier in the Occupied Territories from 2001 to 2004, and after finishing my service, my comrades and I founded Breaking the Silence. Our mission has been to provide current and former combat soldiers a platform by which to share the reality they witnessed in the Occupied Territories. continue reading ›
November 21, 2013

Breaking the Silence: Testimonies of IDF soldiers expose truth about occupation

On April 2, 2002, in the midst of the second intifada and a few days after the launch of Operation Defensive Shield, the Israel Defense Forces entered the West Bank city of Jenin. The operation followed a painstaking month of bombings on civilians inside Israel. continue reading ›
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