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Students attend 'Breaking the Silence' lecture despite ban

July 19, 2018 2:48 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2018 11:51 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Ten Israeli high-school students attended the "Breaking the Silence" law lecture in the Israeli Knesset on Tuesday as a form protest against the law which outlaws educational organizations that oppose Israeli soldiers and the Israeli state education from entering schools and meeting with students.

The law was approved earlier this week.

The nonprofit organization of Breaking the Silence, which is made up of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military and have taken it upon themselves to expose the reality of everyday life in the occupied territories to the public, is now banned from entering school premises and meeting with students.

The law was passed with forty-three Knesset members voting in favor, while 24 voted against it.

The law, which was proposed by Israeli Minister of Education, Naftail Bennett, and Knesset Member, Shuli Mualem-Refaeli for the Jewish home party, granted authority to ban activists, who act in support of educational institutions that delegitimize Israel.

Ido Even-Paz, Breaking the Silence activist, who gave the lecture to the 10 high school students, encouraged them to be brave and to fight in order for their voices to be heard.

Even-Paz added that "The Breaking the Silence law is only the harbinger of the actions being taken to silence opposing voices."

He continued to say that "it used to be easier, but similar laws that will pass in the future will only raise the barrier against anyone who dares to resist."

During the past year, Breaking the Silence representatives met with about 200 Israeli high school students lecturing them about their aim to end the occupation.

Even-Paz mentioned that in the lecture that the students asked many questions about the organization's activities and about the daily reality of Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank.

Breaking the Silence organization released a statement in response to the newly passed law, "Bennett can try to fight students and silence soldiers, but it just proves that the more people shut us up, the more people who want to know what's going on in the territories will rise."

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