General, Occupied Territories

Rabbis for Human Rights stands with our colleagues at Breaking the Silence

1 Comment 21 November 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights responds to the recent persecution of Breaking the Silence, an Israeli anti-occupation organization.


The big picture: Ten years ago Israel’s military itself “broke the silence” and conducted a survey revealing that a quarter of soldiers serving at checkpoints in the occupied territories perpetrated or witnessed abuse of Palestinians.

We would like to return the focus to the direct victims: the Palestinians. Many have already rightly pointed out that the State Prosecutor’s investigation reeks of selective action against political activists. We would be very pleased if the authorities always acted so swiftly concerning the hundreds of complaints from us and other rights organizations regarding inappropriate and even abusive behavior of soldiers. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.

The persecution of human rights and anti-occupation activists is a very serious phenomenon and should not be taken lightly. In this respect, the harassment of an important civil society organization such as “Breaking the Silence” is of critical concern. But for Palestinians, such cases of oppression and violation of rights are routine. It is our hope that this reality will continue to be brought to the forefront of public discourse.

We support our colleagues at Breaking the Silence in their actions and oppose the current attacks against them.

Additional reading:

Haaretz: Breaking the Silence Releases Video ‘Corroborating’ Claims that Their Spokesperson Beat Palestinian

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