Today's Haaretz featured a front-page petition, signed by well-known Israeli writers, artists, entertainers, and intellectuals on the center-left side of the political spectrum, calling for an independent investigation into the IDF's conduct of the Gaza Operation. The signatories are not the sort of people you see supporting the anarchists in Bil'in, or the Free Gaza boats; they are what anybody would call mainstream Zionist left. The call for an investigation is tied to the release of the soldiers' testimonies by the IDF veteran's group, "Breaking the Silence", whose booklet can be read here.
I hope the petition helps stop the delegitimization and the demonization of the "Breaking the Silence" publication by the IDF and certain Jewish organizations abroad. I also hope it helps break the silence of those who are not willing to read, much less come to grips, with the testimonies. Those who claim that the testimonies are inauthentic or fabricated should realize that the signatories below – who know a little about Israel and its army – disagree.
The petition in Hebrew can be read here. If you are Israeli, you can add your name to the petition. An article by Tal Rabinovsky summarizing the petition and naming a few of the more prominent writers appears in Ynet English here. But, for the record, I am transliterating the Hebrew names. (I apologize in advance for getting the transliteration wrong.)
Gal Uchovsky, Shulamit Aloni, Rona Blair, Orna Banai, Assaf Gavron, Professor Dafna Golan, Yonatan Gefen, David Grossman, Nurit Gertz, Yael Dayan, Ruth Dayan, Rami Heuberger, Ariel Hirschfeld, Prof. Alon Harel, Natan Zach, Prof. Shimon Sandbank, Prof. Naomi Hazan, Amir Lev, Haggai Levy, Ronit Matalon, Sami Michael, Prof. Avishai Margalit, Amos Oz, Ari Folman, Eytan Fox, Yehoshua Kenaz, Orli Kastel Blum, Yehudit Katzir, Yehudit Karp, Yossi Sarid