Breaking the Silence Video Responds to Right-wing NGO Im Tirtzu's 'Incitement'

Left-wing Israeli NGO attacks Im Tirtzu director Matan Peleg's record, Im Tirtzu donors after film labels leftist activists as 'moles.'

Screenshot from the film by Breaking the Silence.
Screenshot from the film by Breaking the Silence.Credit: Facebook/Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence published a video Wednesday titled "If we made a video of incitement" - a response to a video released Tuesday by the movement Im Tirtzu, which called Breaking the Silence members "moles" and accused them of aiding terrorism.

Wednesday's video focuses mainly on the director of Im Tirtzu, Matan Peleg, and mentions various claims related to the movement, including uncertainty regarding the identities of Peleg's donors and quotes from Pastor John Hagee who donated to Im Tirtzu in the past and once claimed that Hitler fulfilled the will of God. The video also claims that Peleg lied when he accused leftist organizations, including Breaking the Silence, of being funding by Palestinians.

"If we made a video of incitement," stated the video regarding Peleg, "we would use accusations like 'responsible for the next political murder.'" The narrator then states that "It's not only Matan" and a clip is seen of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praising the group.

At the end of the video, the narrator says, "We don't need a video of incitement; we know where that leads." Pictures are then shown of right-wing protests against the government of Yitzhak Rabin.

The video published by Im Tirtzu on Tuesday, labels activists of the political left as "moles" - agents from foreign countries.

The video begins showing a terrorist drawing a knife and continues on to show four prolific activists of the left - B'Tzelem Director Hagai Elad, Avner Gvaryahu from Breaking the Silence, Director of the Public Committee against Torture in Israel Yishai Menuhin, and Sigal Ben Ari from HaMoked - purportedly defending terrorists. Next to each is show the name of the county that Im Tirtzu claims sent them.

At the end of the video, the narrator adds, "While we're fighting terror, they're fighting us." Some of the viewers who commented on the film called for the activists shown in the film to be harmed.

Credit: YouTube/Im Tirtzu

Menuhin filed an official complaint with police for incitement against him while HaMoked turned to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and requested that investigations against Im Tirtzu be opened on grounds of incitement. MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) also sent a similar request to Weinstein.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday that he would not allow the non-profit organization Breaking the Silence into the Israeli school system. "The activities of Breaking the Silence have slandered Israel abroad, and they have made it their goal to hurt their brothers who defend us,” said Bennett.

The education minister announced his decision two days after Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon banned Breaking the Silence activists from engaging in activity in the army. “If Breaking the Silence were really worried about our morality the way we are, they would act directly vis- a-vis the army and not blacken the name of our soldiers abroad,” Ya’alon tweeted.

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