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3/19/16

Israel: Breaking the Silence receives funding from Europe - by Ben Ariel

A "watchdog" which tracks extremist anti-Israel NGOs, on Friday revealed that the leftist organization Breaking the Silence received 78% of its budget between 2012 and 2015 from European governments, including Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, and the EU.

On Friday, March 18, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon ordered the Military Advocate General to launch an investigation following the investigative report.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had already announced on Thursday night that Breaking the Silence would be investigated, warning that it had "crossed another red line."

The organization for its part chose to lash out at Netanyahu, saying that he should be investigated for wanting to investigate them.

Note EU-Digest: Breaking the Silence (‎ Shovrim Shtika ) is an Israeli Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), located in a western section of Jerusalem, established by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers and veterans who collect and provide testimonies about their military service in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem since the Second Intifada, giving serving and discharged Israeli personnel and reservists a platform to confidentially describe their experience in the Israeli-occupied territories. J.J. Goldberg described it in The Jewish Daily Forward as a "left-wing soldiers' protest organization".

Read more: Breaking the Silence receives funding from Europe - Inside Israel - News - Arutz Sheva

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