Israeli watchdog NGO Monitor, which tracks foreign support for radical NGOs working the Israeli-Palestinian arena, has just issued a critical report on the international outreach of Breaking the Silence from September 2012 to the present.
“BtS makes sweeping accusations based on anecdotal, anonymous, and unverifiable accounts of low-level soldiers,” NGO Monitor asserts. “These ‘testimonies’ lack context, are politically biased, and erase the complicated reality in the West Bank. In addition, they reflect a distorted interpretation of the conflict in order to advance the political agenda of BtS activists, thereby fueling the international demonization campaign against Israel.”
Significantly, NGO Monitor maintains that BtS plays a central role in reinforcing the so-called “Durban Strategy” – the campaign to delegitimize and subject Israel to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as framed at the UN’s notorious 2001 anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa, which degenerated into an anti-Semitic hatefest.
According to NGO Monitor, BtS’s financial supporters, who provided nearly $1 million in 2012 alone, include the European Union, Christian Aid and the Open Society Institute of billionaire George Soros, a veteran critic of Israel who also backs the Jewish leftist advocacy group J Street.
BtS’s emphasis on mobilizing foreign opinion against Israel is reflected in its numerous international activities over the time period covered by the NGO Monitor report, including: A photo exhibition in the German parliament sponsored by the Social Democratic Party, a presentation to the “virulently anti-Israel and antisemitic UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, at which the Palestinian deputy representative to the UN asked BtS ‘to do more speaking engagements, particularly in the United States,’ and the publication of a book of testimonies by Israeli soldiers which claims that Gaza, from which Israel withdrew in 2005, remains ‘occupied.’”