Monday, July 11, 2016

Background on Breaking the Silence

By NGO Monitor -July7th 2016

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NGO Monitor’s analysis of Breaking the Silence activity shows that NGO cannot be said to promote “Jewish-Arab understanding.” This political NGO polarizes Israeli society and fuels anti-Israeli campaigns around the world. The organization comprises a small number of political activists, exploiting the complex dilemmas facing IDF soldiers and stripping events of context, in order to advance political agendas and lobby outside of Israel. Terms such as “human rights” and “coexistence” are used by Breaking the Silence activists, but this does not justify claims that the organization advances these issues.
For example, on June 14, 2016, the Israeli news website NRG published a video documenting a Breaking the Silence official telling tourists that “the settlers basically poisoned all the water cisterns of the [Palestinian] village…”. In June 19, 2016, the Turkish news website Anadolu, repeated the allegations, citing “Israeli anti-occupation organization ‘Breaking the Silence’” and adding a blood-libel claiming that a “rabbi call[s] to poison West Bank water.” PA President Mahmoud Abbas then repeated these allegations in a speech to the European Parliament (June 23, 2016), but retracted them a few days later. Similarly, Breaking the Silence did not retract its allegation regarding a poisoned water cistern, but claimed that the incident was the result of a mistranslation.
Other examples can be seen in the NGO’s international activity: In October 2015, a Breaking the Silence representative gave a number of lectures in Scotland to the SNP Party’s Friends of Palestine and to the NGO “Medical Aid for Palestinians.” The former supports a Palestinian right of return” and BDS, while the latter was involved in antisemitic campaigns.
In May 2015, a former CEO lectured to the coalition of left wing parties in the European Parliament (GEU/NGL), whichsupports a full boycott of the Israel.
There was also an October 21, 2013 presentation at the virulently anti-Israel and antisemitic UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The presentation first aired on the official Iranian TV channel under the title “Israeli War Crimes.”
According to the NGO’s 2015 annual report, its budget was NIS 4,937,792, of which 4,893,023 were donations. Of that, at least 85% originated outside of Israel.
More than half of the donations came from foreign governments: Directly from the governments of Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxemburg, France, Norway, and the EU; and indirectly via church aid organizations by Belgium, France, Germany, and Ireland. Private donors include New Israel Fund, Soros’ Open Society Institute and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (which also funds Zochrot, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Who Profits).
To read more about Breaking the Silence, click here

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