In the aftermath of the report from earlier this week that Israel’s Defense Minister had banned Breaking the Silence, an organization opposed to the Israeli Defense Forces, from addressing any events attended by soldiers, Israel’s Education Minister has just announced that the organization also would no longer be permitted to address high school students.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett told the Times of Israel that he made the “move because “those who harm IDF soldiers do not have a place in the education system.” He added, “We send our children to school to encourage them to learn mutual reliance, not to harm IDF soldiers. The activity of the organization besmirched Israel’s image around the world, when they made it their goal to harm their brothers, who defend us all.” The organization is believed to have harmed Israel’s soldiers worldwide, and is regarded as seditious by leaders of the Israeli government.
Meanwhile, Israeli member of Parliament MK Yoav Kish, a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s party, proposed a bill which if passed would mark Breaking the Silence and other New Israel Fund-affiliated organizations as “plants and moles.”
“The proposal includes an obligation to report on those organizations, prohibits cooperation between them and government ministries and the IDF, and will make it possible for the Registrar of NGOs to submit requests to the court for dismantling them in the event that their goals or their actions or the actions of those employed by them include hostile activity against the state.”
On Facebook, the Israeli leader wrote, “…the time has come for action, enough! NPOs that encourage boycotts, incitement and a call to bring IDF soldiers to an international trial are not organizations that are important for the internal discourse in the country. These NPOs are acting to harm Israel in the international arena by disseminating lies and incitement. This phenomenon must stop.”
Breaking the Silence receives American donations via the New Israel Fund (NIF), an extremist American Jewish organization that has sent $699,310 to the organization in the past six years. Donors to NIF include the Jim Joseph Foundation, Alisa Doctoroff, Temple Israel of White Plains and the Jewish Communal Fund.
Ronn Torossian is a PR executive and TruthRevolt contributor.