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The only semi-democracy in the Middle East

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Published: 22 December 2015

Last updated: 4 March 2024

The only semi-democracy in the Middle East – Avraham Burg – Haaretz 20.12.15
It must be said out loud: The ascendance of the right is not temporary, the occupation is permanent and Israel is one state with two regimes: One is good, and does well by Jews; the other is bad, wicked and discriminates against Palestinians. Now it’s time to fight it.
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Defame, don't engage: the witch hunt against Breaking the Silence – Don Futterman – Haaretz 20.12.15
‘There are instances in which don’t know everything, instances when the operational level hides information from us,’ a high ranking officer in the IDF's Military Advocate General’s Office told Israel’s Channel 10 news last week. ‘The testimonies of Breaking the Silence, like those of B’Tselem, have helped us in the past, and continue to help us investigate the truth of what is happening in the IDF.’

Who is funding the right-wing NGOs?
– Peace Now 14.12.15
98.35% of total contributions were confidential or otherwise not fully transparent. 16.1% was taxpayer funded through public sources and 84.5% of that was confidential. Only 0.85% of contributions were from Israel, the rest from overseas.

Ex-Shin Bet chief, top cop support Breaking the Silence – The Times of Israel 22.12.15         Maj. Gen. (res.) Ami Ayalon and Deputy Commissioner (ret.) Elik Ron join other high-ranking security officials backing controversial NGO’s efforts to highlight alleged IDF abuses

Democracy defenders rally for Israeli human rights groups · Kung Fu Jew – Jewschool 18.12.15 (includes rebuttal video by Breaking the Silence 1:45 min)
Collects twitter and other posts from a chorus of voices that includes the ADL’s new CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, the bodies of the Conservative/Masorti movement, the Reform Zionist movement, and liberal Israel groups


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