Legislation Committee to vote on 'Breaking the Silence Bill'

Coalition, opposition support bill banning Breaking the Silence from entering Israeli schools.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Breaking the Silence activist address far-left event (file)
Breaking the Silence activist address far-left event (file)
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The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will vote on Sunday on the a bill to ban the left-wing NGO "Breaking the SIlence" from visiting schools.

The new bill was proposed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), and would give the Education Minister to ban specific organizations or individuals from holding activities or speeches in Israeli schools if they are determined as being harmful to students' education or to the IDF.

The bill is backed by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) and Shuli Mualem (Jewish Home). As well, Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) has expressed support for the bill.

"Whoever is going around the world aiming to harm the IDF’s soldiers at the UN, in South Africa and in Europe, will not be able enter schools in Israel," Bennett said. "I expect full support from all cabinet ministers."

Mualem said, "Anyone who undermines our right to exist in the land of Israel would not be permitted to have a stage in the state’s education system."

"We cannot allow organizations that encourages draft-dodging and calls the IDF officers and soldiers criminals inside the Israeli education system," Lapid said. "Think of what happens to a student who hears their stories just before he joins the IDF. What does this do to his motivation and to his willingness to contribute? Those kind of organizations harms the soldiers, putting them in danger of facing a trial and slamming Israel among the international community by spreading blunt lies.”

MK Amir Ohana (Likud) said Breaking the Silence is leading "the industry of lies against the State of Israel and the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces."

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg said Breaking the Silence spreads "dangerous propganda....that has no connection to education... We must prevent this organization from entering our schools and national institutions."

Breaking the Silence is a radical left-wing NGO which disseminates false information about the army and the Israeli public, in an effort to "bring an end to the occupation."

Though Bennett banned Breaking the Silence from entering schools in December 2015, school principals still invited the organization to speak to their students as late as November 2016.