|Tending to the wounded: IDF infantry in Gaza |
during Operation Protective Shield, July 2014
This Ongoing War..
15 May '15..
When an Israeli political activism group, generally identified as belonging to the far left in Israeli terms, published a report based on its own research into aspects of how Israel's military conducted last summer's Operation Protective Edge battle against the rocket-rich Gaza Strip and the Hamas regime ensconced there, it made major headlines.
The "Breaking the Silence" report - online here on the group's website - received very significant coverage across a swathe of influential news channels including the Washington Post, Die Welt,New York Times, BBC, Telegraph UK, NPR, The Guardian, and Sydney Morning Herald.
We don't intend to take the report to pieces. Several excellent critiques of the BtS report have already been published by, among others, CAMERA, The Tower, and Matti Friedman on the Mosaic Magazine site. What we do feel needs highlighting is the answer to two key questions:
1. Given its obvious weaknesses and limitations, how did this BtS document get such extraordinary funding?
2. And how, despite the flaws, did the BtS allegations get treated with such seriousness and be granted credibility of the highest order?