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The Phenomenon Of Breaking The Silence In Israel: "Witnessing" As Consciousness Raising Strategy Of Israeli Ex-Combatants

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This chapter deals with a group of former soldiers from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) that has organized itself around their common experiences as soldiers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). It looks at Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika ) group as an organization with a specific moral agenda. The chapter argues that the organization does not fit within the usual categories of movements that have a distinct ideological, social, or anti-war agenda. It discusses the strategies of action of the organization and its use of witnessing as a discursive practice to legitimize itself and to raise new consciousness within Israeli society about the reality as they see and deal with it in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The chapter also argues that Breaking the Silence uses the practice of witnessing in its moral discourse.

Keywords: Breaking the Silence; Israeli Defence Forces (IDF); Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)



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