Israeli soldiers patrol in the West Bank city of Hebron   

 Picture: (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Israeli soldiers patrol in the West Bank city of Hebron, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. Hebron is home to about 500 religious Jewish settlers living in heavily guarded enclaves among some 170,000 Palestinians.

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Ex IDF soldier feared to divulge details

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By Tahir Sema
Mikael Menkin, an ex Israeli defense force (IDF) soldier, is currently in South Africa. On Sunday 12th of October 2008, he addressed a public meeting at the Lenasia Cricket Stadium. Together with Abu heikel, a Palestinian activist, they hope to inform the world about the inhumane activities of the occupying forces.

In his presentation, Menkin said very little about the Zionists military activities in occupied Palestine. He spoke at length about his organization “Breaking The Silence” which he helped to establish. This organization has documented evidence of more than 600 Zionist soldiers who had admitted to gross human rights violations against the indigenous people. He also said that his organization was trying to introduce a sense of morality in the ongoing discourse.

Menkin seemed reluctant to address the current situation. He also deflected questions that pointed towards he’s present relationship with the IDF.

According to Ibrahim Vawda of the Media Review Network the atrocities and human rights violations perpetrated by the occupying forces are well documented. Mikael Menkin in his presentation did not highlight any of the atrocities. This begs the question “breaking the silence” on what? The name of the organization which he helped to establish suggests that they planned to expose the Zionist occupation forces for what they really are. Unfortunately Mikael Menkin failed to do so.

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