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
For example, on June 14, 2016, the Israeli
news website NRG publisheda 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 wasinvolved in
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
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