Mar 14, 2016
On February 5th, a thousand people rallied in Tel Aviv to condemn the attempt of the far right and the government to shut down Israeli organizations opposed to the army’s crimes in the occupied territories.
“Breaking the Silence” is the organization under attack. It is made up of army veterans from 2004, who testify about the abuses against the Palestinian population which they both witnessed and took part in themselves.
Since it began, this organization has been the object of far right attacks, but the attacks are getting worse. The far right publicizes the names, addresses and phone numbers of these activists and makes anonymous death threats.
The government hasn’t criticized these far right attacks at all, but instead has prevented the soldiers’ organization from taking part in veterans’ rallies and from talking to high school students. In the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, representatives have tried to outlaw it. Netanyahu, the Prime Minister, demanded in the Knesset that Isaac Herzog, the head of the Labor Party, denounce “Breaking the Silence.” Herzog is against outlawing it, but said he was “disgusted by its opinions.”
The activists and sympathizers of organizations which condemn the warlike policy of the government, and its consequences, can count only on their own determination to continue to be heard.