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Amidst the ongoing attacks by the Israeli government on NGOs, Breaking the Silence (BtS) — a group of former IDF soldiers who speak out about their experiences in Gaza and the occupied territory — has been repeatedly demonized and attacked by the Israeli right and portions of the media.
Most recently, they have been accused of treason against Israel for allegedly leaking classified information. BtS maintains that everything they publish is cleared by the military censor. The report that spurred the charge was based on hidden camera footage from a far-right organization that plants activists in NGOs to try and dig up incriminating information, and has subsequently turned out to be untrue.
In light of the attacks it’s endured during recent weeks, here are four pieces that get into why BtS’s work is so essential for Israeli democracy and society.
Benjy Cannon is the 2015-2016 Mikva Fellow at J Street. He’s on Twitter at @benjycannon