Breaking the Silence The Poem That Exposed Israeli War Crimes in 1948

A poem published by Natan Alterman during Israel's War of Independence criticizing human-rights abuses was lauded by Prime Minister Ben-Gurion, who even distributed 100,000 copies of it among soldiers; other such testimonies were made to disappear.

On November 19, 1948, Natan Alterman, whose influential “Seventh Column” – an op-ed in poetry...