Israeli Soldiers' Photos Illuminate Occupation

Tel Aviv Exhibit Depicts Troop Life in Divided Hebron

A blindfolded Palestinian held by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron.

A blindfolded Palestinian, held by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron. Courtesy Yehuda Shaul, 'Breaking the Silence' hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy Yehuda Shaul, 'Breaking the Silence'

The Israeli army is questioning a group of soldiers whose photographic exhibit, Breaking the Silence, depicts what life is like for troops in the divided West Bank city of Hebron. The exhibit is currently on display in Tel Aviv, and its raw look at the military's behavior is meant to provoke a deeper consideration among Israelis of all aspects of compulsory military service under difficult conditions.

The photos are the latest episode of troops willing to speak out about the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. As NPR's Julie McCarthy reports, the exhibit has drawn mixed reviews, ranging from former soldiers who lauded their courage to come forward, to citizens upset at what they call a one-sided depiction of the conflict.



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