The Latest "Breaking the Silence" Report Isn't Journalism. It's Propaganda.

The Israeli NGO won international attention last week for claiming to expose IDF malfeasance in Gaza. It exposed something else.

An IDF soldier stands a few hundred meters from Gaza in August 2014. Marcus Golejewski/Geisler-Fotopr/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images.

An IDF soldier stands a few hundred meters from Gaza in August 2014. Marcus Golejewski/Geisler-Fotopr/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images.

Observation
May 14 2015
About the author

Matti Friedman is the author of a memoir about the Israeli war in Lebanon, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War (2016). His latest book is Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel (2019).


Last week, a report by an Israeli group called Breaking the Silence made headlines in the U.S., Britain, and most of Europe, becoming one of the week’s biggest international stories. The subject was the Gaza war of 2014. The headline in the Washington Post was representative:

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