Report: Swiss Government Funding NGO Dedicated to Discrediting IDF

The Swiss government is funding an event featuring the anti-Israel NGO Breaking the Silence, The Algemeiner reported Wednesday.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry and Zurich municipality’s decision to sponsor a traveling exhibition by Israeli nongovernmental organization Breaking the Silence has raised eyebrows in the local Jewish community, Israeli NRG news site reported Wednesday. …

The testimonies are expected to deal mainly with military operations against Palestinians, and alleged violations of human rights by IDF soldiers during the course of their service. …

Swiss officials told NRG that the country supported the event because it increased “dialogue about human rights.”

However, community representatives told NRG that no local synagogues were willing to host the event because Breaking the Silence refused to include soldiers who would tell “the other side of the story.”

Following a report by Breaking the Silence earlier this month, the watchdog group NGO Monitor reported that the group received funding specifically to delegitimize Israel and the IDF. NGO Monitor also blasted the resulting report for “mak[ing] sweeping accusations based on anecdotal, anonymous and unverifiable testimonies of low level soldiers.”

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