Israeli soldiers break the silence about midnight invasions of Palestinian homes

Israeli soldiers break the silence about midnight invasions of Palestinian homes

The aftermath of a home invasion at Balata refugee camp in Nablus, West Bank, on January 3, 2017.

“The overarching goal [of each home invasion] was to instill a sense of persecution among the Palestinians.” “It’s a rolling trauma.” So say Israeli soldiers, as they look back with regret on the acts they carried out, night after night, at the behest of their state.
Their testimonies are compiled in a new human rights report from Breaking the Silence, Yesh Din and Physicians for Human Rights, “A Life Exposed: military invasions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank.” 

by Avner Gvaryahu, Dec. 16, 2020, reposted from Ha’aretz

At night, while the household sleeps, my team gets ready outside. One person knocks on the door, and almost immediately after, another breaks in. We enter quickly, with force, weapons drawn. Some of us have painted our faces, others are not concealed. Someone gathers the family and locks them in a room.

Israeli soldiers during a home invasion on the Jalazun refugee camp, June 16, 2014.
Israeli soldiers during a home invasion on the Jalazun refugee camp, June 16, 2014. (AFP / Abbas Momani)

Invasive “mapping”

Targeting innocent households

A message for progressive Israelis


Breaking the Silence is “an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories…Our work aims to bring an end to the occupation.”

Yesh Din is “an Israeli organization registered as a non-profit in Israel…Yesh Din was established in 2005 and has since worked to protect the human rights of Palestinians living under Israeli armed forces’ occupation. We view the occupation as a main source of the violation of the human rights and therefore seek to end it.”

Physicians for Human Rights works around the world: “We use the power of science and forensic medicine to establish a fact-based record of human rights abuses. We enable front line human rights defenders to expose violations and hold perpetrators accountable. We use our authoritative voice to protect human rights and end impunity for perpetrators.”


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