Ramallah, MINA – Israeli anti-occupation organization, Breaking the Silence installed a large billboard on one of the busiest roads in Tel Aviv.
The organization seized opportunity when Israel hosted this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, offering tours to foreign visitors to inform them of the reality of a military government in which Palestinians in the West Bank under occupation, Russia Today reported.
Breaking the Silence has changed international competition slogan “dare to dream” to “dare to dream of freedom.”
Billboards also show the damage of Mediterranean coast in Tel Aviv, as well as a view of Israel’s separation wall in the West Bank with a military escort tower, Alwatan Voices reported on Tuesday.
Breaking the Silence also distributed a bulletin calling on visitors to “see the full picture”, starting May 14, through a daily tour to Hebron in the occupied West Bank, where at least 600 settlers live under strict military guard, in the midst of around 200,000 Palestinians .
“We are glad you came to celebrate with us, enjoy the beach, the sun and a pleasant nightlife … But there are other aspects of Israeli society, one hour from the hotel where you stay, in occupied territories, Palestinians living under our military rule, ” said ad message.
Breaking the Silence initiative sparked an angry reaction from Israeli political leaders and some local media.
“Once again, unclean hate organization found time to spread lies to State of Israel,” Israeli Interior Security Minister Gilad Arad said, calling for identification of his claims about “the terrible human rights violations committed Hamas regime in Gaza” rather than “inciting settlers. ”
Yediot Aharonot newspaper accused the organization of taking opportunity to exploit and spread propaganda “to support anti-Israel campaigns.”
Breaking the Silence also collected and published testimonies from Israeli soldiers who were still on duty and vetera about violations they committed or witnessed while serving in the occupied Palestinian territories. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA