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July 8, 2015

Fmr. Israeli soldiers criticize tactics used in Gaza War

Watch this interview with Avner Gvaryahu, our former head of public outreach, in CNN as we mark one year since Operation Protective Edge. Avner explains how although Israel must protect itself, it must also ask questions about HOW this is done and to make sure that we don't cross our own red lines in the process. continue reading ›
May 26, 2015

Conflict in Gaza is all part of Israel’s indirect system of control over Palestinians

by YEHUDA SHAUL in New Statesman
2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region. continue reading ›
May 20, 2015

Post Mortem on Gaza

The extent to which these Israeli policies contributed to the high civilian death toll is unknown. But until Israel gets serious about its own investigations, more unnecessary civilian casualties can be expected in the future. Getting to the truth should not be left to soldiers willing to break the silence. continue reading ›
May 17, 2015

The IDF Is Not Living Up To Its Code Of Ethics

by DANA GOLAN in The Jewish Week
Everyone who cares about our path and who refuses to accept tired declarations like, “We had no choice,” as an excuse for the loss of values, must rise up and protest. It is our moral duty to redraw the red lines of the army that operates in our name, and in doing so, uphold the character and values of Israeli society. continue reading ›
May 13, 2015

Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

More than 60 Israeli soldiers who took part in last summer's war in Gaza have offered firsthand combat stories. Many said they felt their orders went too far, leading to indiscriminate fire and Palestinian civilian deaths. continue reading ›
May 13, 2015

Israeli soldiers tell of ‘abuses’ in Gaza war

In one account, a sergeant said he was told to shoot anyone he saw, because “there aren’t supposed to be any civilians here”. Another said: “The rules of engagement for soldiers advancing on the ground were: open fire, open fire everywhere.” continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

Israeli soldier testimony: ‘Most of our shooting was random… we didn’t think about civilian casualties’ – video

In July 2014, Israel launched a major ground offensive into the Gaza strip in response to rockets being fired by Palestinian militants and to destroy a network of tunnels used by Hamas and other factions. By the time they left some 2,200 Palestinians had been killed, including a significant number of civilians. Now, for the first time, Israeli soldiers have described the orders they received for fighting in civilian areas – orders that treated any Palestinian as a threat. Among those who have spoken out is a 22-year-old sergeant who served in a tank continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

Israeli veterans say permissive rules of engagement fueled Gaza carnage

The soldiers described reducing Gaza neighborhoods to sand, firing artillery at random houses to avenge fallen comrades, shooting at innocent civilians because they were bored and watching armed drones attack a pair of women talking on cellphones because they were assumed to be Hamas scouts. continue reading ›
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

De fundamentele verandering in normen van het Israëlisch leger zal de aanpak ook in de toekomst bepalen

by RON ZAIDEL in De Morgen
Ron Zaidel diende als sluipschutter in de Nahal Brigade van het Israëlische Defensieleger [IDF) en is op dit moment onderzoeker bij Breaking the Silence. 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 11, 2015

Israels neue “Hierarchie des Lebens”

Im Gaza-Krieg 2014 starben viele palästinensische Zivilisten. Das hatte Methode, sagen Insider aus Israels Armee. Sie brechen das Schweigen und fordern Aufklärung. continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

Cero bajas

by AVNER GVARYAHU in El Huffington Post
¿Cómo fue que 2200 palestinos murieron en Gaza el verano pasado? ¿Cómo ocurrió que 18.000 viviendas fueron destruidas por toda la Franja de Gaza? ¿Cómo fue que 100.000 personas se quedaron sin techo? Estas preguntas, y muchas más, son las preguntas que deben estar en el centro del debate público en torno a la operación Tzuk Eitán (Margen protector o Bastión inconmovible). Sin embargo, nadie las pregunta. continue reading ›
May 11, 2015

De moralske værdier er i skred. Israel må opgive sin kontrol over et andet folk

by SHAY DAVIDOVICH in Kristeligt Dagblad
Kapitel 18 i Første Mosebog fortæller om byen Sodoma. Historien er berømt, og ethvert israelsk barn kender den. Den handler om en samtale mellem Abraham og Gud, hvor Abraham beder Gud om at have medlidenhed med byens befolkning. Abrahams argument er, at en retfærdig mand skal skelnes fra en ond. 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 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 ›
May 5, 2015

Israel Did ‘Massive and Unprecedented Harm’ to Civilians in Gaza War, Report Says

Israel inflicted "massive and unprecedented harm" to Palestinian civilians in the 2014 Gaza war with indiscriminate fire and lax rules of engagement, a report said on Monday, citing testimony given anonymously by dozens of troops. continue reading ›
May 5, 2015

‘Any person you see – shoot to kill’: The IDF doctrine which causes the death of innocent Palestinians

by RON ZAIDEL in The Independent
As a former sniper with the Israeli army, I am calling for for an investigation of the events that took place in Gaza last year continue reading ›
May 5, 2015

Israeli soldiers cast doubt on legality of Gaza military tactics

Testimonies of Israeli combatants about last year’s war show apparent disregard for safety of civilians continue reading ›
May 5, 2015

New report details how Israeli soldiers killed civilians in Gaza: “There were no rules”

An organization of Israeli soldiers known as “Breaking the Silence” released a report containing testimonies from more than 60 officers and soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces who served during the 50-day war against Hamas militants last summer in the Gaza Strip. continue reading ›
May 3, 2015

Press Release: This is How We Fought in Gaza 2014

This is How We Fought in Gaza 2014- Soldiers’ Testimonies from Operation “Protective Edge” Today, May 4th, 2015, “Breaking the Silence,” an organization of Israeli soldiers, is releasing testimonies from over 60 officers and soldiers who took part in Operation “Protective Edge” in Gaza during the summer of 2014. These testimonies paint a disturbing picture […] continue reading ›
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