- Breaking the Silence (non-governmental organization)
Breaking The Silence ( _he. שוברים שתיקה "Shovrim Shtika") is an
Israeli non-profit organizationestablished by IDF soldiers and veterans who collect and provide testimonies about their own military service in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The organization seeks to "break the silence" regarding the experiences of Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian territories, among them incidents of unnecessary violence and oppression committed by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians many of which have gone unnoticed in Israeli and Western media. Most of the testimonies of veterans and active-duty IDF soldiers are reports of incidents that they personally have witnessed or committed. In addition to publishing written and videotaped reports on their website, members of the group have done speaking tours throughout Israel, western Europe and the United States. Some of the incidents reported by members of the movement have stirred public debates in Israel with respect to the implications of its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories.
Yehuda Shaul is the
executive directorof Breaking The Silence.
*he icon en icon [http://www.shovrimshtika.org/ Official website]
*en icon [http://www.refusingtokill.net/Israel/breakingthesilence.htm Breaking the Silence: The Next Phase]
*en icon [http://www.afsc.org/pwork/0410/041008.htm Breaking the Silence: Israeli Soldiers Reflect on Patrolling Hebron]
*en icon [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/07/11/listening_post/main708205.shtml CBS News: Israeli Soldiers Talk Of Abuses (Includes Videos)]
*en icon [http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/06/25/breaking.silence/index.html CNN News: Soldiers' photo exhibit strikes nerve]
*en icon [http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1453259.htm ABC News: Israeli conscripts break the silence]
*en icon [http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/review/article_full_story.asp?service_ID=12030 Aljazeera News: Fmr. Israeli soldier exposes abuse of Palestinians]
*he icon [http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART/889/510.html Photo gallery presented by Breaking the Silence]
*en icon [http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=1318 English translation of the photo gallery above]
*en icon [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=442123 Haaretz: IDF questions reservists who organized Hebron photo exhibit]
*en icon [http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4955039-103681,00.html Guardian: Army fury at Hebron soldiers' brutality exhibition]
*en icon [http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A766-2004Jun23?language=printer Washington Post: 'Breaking the Silence' on West Bank Abuse]
*en icon [http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article44158.ece The Independent: Breaking silence over the horrors of Hebron]
*en icon [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/24/international/middleeast/24exhi.html?ex=1163048400&en=1653e0b38aef5789&ei=5070 New York Times: Former Israeli Soldiers Tell of Harassment of Palestinians]
*en icon [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/our-reign-of-terror-by-the-israeli-army-811769.html Our reign of terror, by the Israeli army] , 19 April 2008,
* [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3781959615827810185&hl=en Video: Dotan and Yehuda - "Breaking the Silence: Israeli Soldiers Speak Out"] (November 7, 2006), presentation by Dotan Greenvald and Yehuda Shaul, members of Breaking the Silence.
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