Shock: Video shows Breaking the Silence apparently spying on IDF

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Shock: Video shows Breaking the Silence apparently spying on IDF

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:05 am

PM: security forces investigating incriminating videos filmed by undercover nationalist agents in ultra-leftist group.

Channel 2 news broadcast highly incriminating video evidence Thursday evening filmed with hidden cameras by nationalist group Ad Kan, which shows ultra-leftist group Breaking the Silence engaged in what appears like espionage activity against the IDF. ‘Breaking the Silence has crossed another red line,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after the report was aired. “The investigative security forces are looking into the matter.” The videos were gathered by Ad Kan’s undercover agents who infiltrated Breaking the Silence over a three-year period. They show Breaking the Silence activists questioning ex-IDF soldiers – who are, in fact, Ad Kan agents – about details of the IDF’s security operations and equipment along the border with Gaza. The questions relate to how Hamas tunnels were discovered, what special forces were deployed and when, what kind of gun is deployed atop an IDF robot vehicle and more.

None of these questions have anything to do with allegedly immoral activities by the military in Judea and Samaria, which Breaking the Silence claims to be interested in exposing. Instead, they appear to be aimed at gathering intelligence about sensitive IDF operations along the border with Hamas.  In addition, a female Breaking the Silence activist revealed to an agent that she enlisted into the IDF’s Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria with the express purpose of gathering information about it, since she had been in touch with Breaking the Silence before she enlisted. Channel 2 showed the videos to former high ranking security officials including MK Avi Dichter, a former head of the ISA (Shabak). Dichter appeared to be shocked by the materials and said that they look and sound like espionage. According to NGO Monitor, between the years 2008 and 2014, the New Israel Fund approved $699,310 in grants to Breaking the Silence. This raises the question, are donors to the NIF unwittingly funding espionage against the IDF?

It remains to be determined whether Breaking the Silence passed on the information it gathered to enemy forces, or to European governments, from whom it also receives some of its funding. In any case, the act of obtaining and holding on to classified military information by unauthorized individuals is also a crime.


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Re: Shock: Video shows Breaking the Silence apparently spying on IDF

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:07 pm

Breaking the Silence is acting like the victim:
 Breaking the Silence CEO Yuli Novak denied that she was collecting classified information, adding: "there are several organizations, together with members of the Knesset from the Likud and Habayit Hayehudi, who are working to silence whoever tries to criticize the government and the occupation."
It sure sounds like a mostly European-funded organization has been spying on the IDF. How much of the information it gathered ended up with its European funders?

To me, the more important question is how will supposedly pro-Israel leftist groups like J-Street, the New Israel Fund, Yachad-UK, Hillel and others choose to respond to this report. 

If they support BTS and choose to ignore the report, they will look like they are covering for a group that has proven that it is not pro-Israel but actively against Israel.

If they accept the report, then they should loudly denounce what the organization did and distance themselves from it, never hosting them on campus any more.

Even before this report it was obvious that BtS was not a pro-Israel organization in any sense. Natan Sharansky ridiculed the idea that it is a human rights organization and even called it a BDS organization. . 

Specifically, Hillel International recently invited BtS to speak at Brown and Columbia Hillel despite all evidence that it is anti-Israel.

If it goes through with this after the Channel 2 report, then any pretense that Hillel is still pro-Israel goes out the window.

So how these supposedly "pro-Israel" organizations respond to this damning report will prove whether they have any claim to be truly pro-Israel.

UPDATE: The report:

Channel 2 on Thursday aired a special investigative report alleging that the left-wing NGO was gathering intelligence information on the IDF after obtaining undercover footage depicting activists asking soldiers questions pertaining to intelligence and operational activities.

The footage was gathered by Ad Khan, who had infiltrated the ranks of Breaking the Silence over the last two years, according to Channel 2.

Shortly after the Channel 2 report aired, Netanyahu said that the group had "crossed a red line" and added security services would be investigating the allegations. 

Breaking the Silence is an Non Governmental Organization established by IDF veterans. The stated aim of the organization is to  collect the testimonies of soldiers who have served in the West Bank and Gaza, detailing alleged "cases of abuse towards Palestinians" and documenting the conduct of IDF soldiers, according to the group's website. 

Reached for comment by Channel 2, Breaking the Silence CEO Yuli Novak denied that he was collecting classified information, adding: "there are several organizations, together with members of the Knesset from the Likud and Habayit Hayehudi, who are working to silence whoever tries to criticize the government and the occupation." 

In addition to Netanyahu, a number of figures from across the political spectrum came out against the group's alleged activities.

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein called for an "investigation to clarify which sensitive information (Breaking the Silence) has in its possession." 

Meanwhile, Yesh Atid chairmen Yair Lapid said: "While Israel is fighting terror, Breaking the Silence is taking information and using it against the state." He added that "Israel must do all it can to protect its soldiers, and this organization has no right to exist in a state that is battling daily for the safety of its citizens."

Zionist Union MK Revital Swid said that "Breaking the Silence had lost all of its legitimacy" adding that "it was time to condemn all extremism no matter" what side of the political aisle they were on.   

Members of the security establishment also commented on the potential fallout of the NGO's suspected actions, including former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Avi Dichter and Avi Mizrahi, former head of GOC Central Command.

"Bringing in soldiers to retrieve information about the army and its (operational intelligence) is a serious incident," Mizrahi said. "If there are more cases, then it's much worse," he added.

Disgusting is not the worst to describe a supposed organisation out to expose criminal acts by soldiers. I always thought it was a sham, especially when any true honest person would not hide their identity claiming crimes had been committed. You would seek to expose the truth. 


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