Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.Soldiers who serve in the Territories witness and participate in military actions which change them immensely. Cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property have been the norm for years, but are still explained as extreme and unique cases. Our testimonies portray a different, and much grimmer picture in which deterioration of moral standards finds expression in the character of orders and the rules of engagement, and are justified in the name of Israel's security. While this reality is known to Israeli soldiers and commanders, Israeli society continues to turn a blind eye, and to deny that what is done in its name. Discharged soldiers returning to civilian life discover the gap between the reality they encountered in the Territories, and the silence about this reality they encounter at home. In order to become civilians again, soldiers are forced to ignore what they have seen and done. We strive to make heard the voices of these soldiers, pushing Israeli society to face the reality whose creation it has enabled.We collect and publish testimonies from soldiers who, like us, have served in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since September 2000, and hold lectures, house meetings, and other public events which bring to light the reality in the Territories through the voice of former combatants. We also conduct tours in Hebron and the South Hebron Hills region, with the aim of giving the Israeli public access to the reality which exists minutes from their own homes, yet is rarely portrayed in the media.Founded in March 2004 by a group of soldiers who served in Hebron, Breaking the Silence has since acquired a special standing in the eyes of the Israeli public and in the media, as it is unique in giving voice to the experience of soldiers. To date, the organization has collected more than 700 testimonies from soldiers who represent all strata of Israeli society and cover nearly all units that operate in the Territories. All the testimonies we publish are meticulously researched, and all facts are cross-checked with additional eye-witnesses and/or the archives of other human rights organizations also active in the field. Every soldier who gives a testimony to Breaking the Silence knows the aims of the organization and the interview. Most soldiers choose to remain anonymous, due to various pressures from official military persons and society at large. Our first priority is to the soldiers who choose to testify to the public about their service.http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/'We endeavour to stimulate public debate'Fat chance of that!!I may have offended some people recently by saying the Holocaust had been consigned to history.This from yesterdays Independent:Auschwitz: How relevant is it in today’s society? By Melissa PawsonNotebook, OpinionSunday, 26 August 2012 at 4:00 amA while ago, I was having a conversation with friends; the Holocaust came up and we began to tentatively discuss it. After a few minutes, one friend, who had been keeping very quiet, looked up and said, slightly confused: “What even is the Holocaust?”… I know: I was completely stunned. She is a relatively sensible person, yet seemed to have no knowledge of this massive historical event. The Holocaust, this significant chunk of world history, this stain on life in the 20th century, and probably one of the most discussed atrocities in the whole of history, had not even registered its existence to her.http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/08/26/auschwitz-how-rele...As an excuse for all Israels misdemeanours it no longer works, other than for those of a certain age or of a certain creed.RegardsTony
<<As an excuse for all Israels misdemeanours it no longer works, other than for those of a certain age or of a certain creed.>>I have never heard it the holocaust used as an excuse. I have heard it used to explain some Israeli's proritizing of their national security. I think Hamas, Iranian and Hezballah statements are used much more often to excuse the actions of Israeli Security forces, but these statements are heard in Israel by those who have heard of the holocaust, and also know that the British nor the Americans did a damn thing to stop it. The JEWS cannot now nor have ever been able to rely on the goodwill of others to stop their destruction. Currently they seem to rely on the strength of their military... not our's.
British nor the Americans did a damn thing to stop it.There was a war to be won.Consider how many Jews would have been left in Europe had that war been lost.RegardsTony
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