SPECIAL TO THE STAR
TEL AVIV—Military police yesterday detained and interrogated three Israeli reserve soldiers who organized an exhibit of photographs and videotaped testimony of abuse of Palestinians by troops and Jewish settlers, according to the soldiers and a statement issued by the military.
The military's statement said the three men were ordered to provide testimony as part of an investigation into the "allegedly violent crimes against Palestinians and damage to Palestinian property" depicted by the show.
"The army wants to keep us quiet and scare us away," said Micha Kurz, 22, after what he described as seven hours of questioning by investigators. "They're not going to shut us up, because we have a lot to say, and they're not going to scare us off.''
Soldiers said police raided the exhibit at Tel Aviv College late Tuesday and confiscated a videotape in which young troops expressed anguish over their behaviour.
Kurz, Shaul Yehuda and Yonetan Baumfeld, who finished their mandatory three years of active-duty service three months ago, assembled more than 80 provocative photographs taken by troops assigned to the volatile West Bank city of Hebron and created a video of soldiers describing humiliation and abuses suffered by Palestinian civilians at their hands, as well as those of Jewish settlers.
The exhibition, called "Breaking the Silence," is the most graphic example yet of concerns being voiced by Israeli soldiers and officers over the tactics and techniques of the armed forces' occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.