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Join us for a public reading of testimonies from soldiers who served in Gaza.
Friday, 25.05.18 | Habima Square, Tel Aviv | 11:00
We, soldiers sent to the Gaza Strip to carry out violent rounds of combat, implement the IDF’s open fire regulations, and partake in the devastating destruction of the lives and property of millions of people, state loud and clear: demonstrations must not be dispersed with live fire.
On Monday, May 14, new red lines were crossed in Israel. The unconscionable killing of unarmed demonstrators along the separation barrier with Gaza will be disgracefully immortalized in history books on Israel and its over 50-year-long regime of occupation.
Lethal fire must be the last resort after all other means have been exhausted. The 60 and counting civilians killed, join the dozens of unarmed Gazans who have already been shot dead by IDF fire since demonstrations began in Gaza at the end of March. This inconceivable number attests to a distorted lenient open fire policy, proving yet again that as far as the State of Israel is concerned, Palestinian blood – and especially Gazan blood – is worthless.
Testimonies from dozens of soldiers who served in the Gaza Strip in the recent rounds of violence indicate a grave but clear picture – this is not mistaken misconduct, but rather a systematic open fire policy. The IDF’s attempts to retroactively incriminate demonstrators by deeming them Hamas activists, will not change the intolerable ease with which it fired at dozens of unarmed people, who were neither on lists of wanted persons, nor were they intelligence targets, and most of them didn’t seem to be endangering lives.
When Israel fights in Gaza, it is not combatting an enemy state, but rather subjects living under its military rule. When the IDF fires, it does not stand on the border between two sovereign states, but rather on the barrier that separates the State of Israel from the territories it occupies. There are millions of people living under the Israeli occupation in Gaza. Our control of the Gaza Strip may look different from our rule over the West Bank, but it is equally destructive and violent, and must be brought to an end. The grave incidents that have been taking place in Gaza over the past few weeks must be seen in the light of the long-lasting occupation, which has been eroding our souls, dulling our senses, and stripping us of our most basic moral and human values.
It is impossible to rule over another nation without using violence and harming innocent people. Our right to security does not justify the bloodshed of thousands of demonstrators who have been shot with live ammunition, and we refuse to remain silent when the government’s only solution is to send us to Gaza time and again, for further violence and occupation.
Whoever thought that punches and rocks would stop us instead woke up this morning to three buses, soldiers who break their silence and MKs in their way to a tour in Hebron Michal Rozin מיכל רוזין ميخال روزين Tamar Zandberg תמר זנדברג מוסי רז - Mossi Raz #justgettingstarted
Anna Roiser Nif: Two weeks ago I witnessed insane harassment and intimidation of a Breaking the Silence guide in Hebron by far-right settlers (https://twitter.com/TashLever/status/1017810148016971776). The following week our guide had paint poured over her head whilst leading a tour (https://972mag.com/birthright-walk-offs-get-a-taste-of-settler-violence-in-hebron/136740/). Last week a Breaking the Silence guide was punched in the face (https://972mag.com/birthright-walk-offs-get-a-taste-of-settler-violence-in-hebron/136740/). Yesterday an Israeli left-wing activist was detained at Ben Gurion and questioned about whether he was involved with Breaking the Silence (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-questioned-at-ben-gurion-airport-over-leftist-activity-1.6326954). Breaking the Silence exists to show the reality of the Occupation, and that's why the right, and the Israeli government, want to silence them. As a show of defiance, Breaking the Silence are running additional tours this week, including an English-language tour to Hebron on Friday, leaving from Jerusalem. If you want to support freedom of expression in Israel, join them. https://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/tours/1
An Israeli was questioned at the airport by the Shin Bet regarding his involvement with Breaking the Silence and his activism against the occupation. Every Israeli citizen that resists the occupation and settlements will end up blacklisted by the right-wing government when he goes on his or her next summer vacation. Yesterday it was international activists, today it is us, tomorrow it is journalists, scientists, artists or any person that will publish a random post against the occupation. Laws, violence or secret police investigations won’t stop us – we’ll continue until the end of the occupation! Read the full article here: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-questioned-at-ben-gurion-airport-over-leftist-activity-1.6326954