Issacaroff says he wants to be tried for his treatment of a Palestinian while serving in the IDF.
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For Dean Issacharoff, the battle is even more personal: his father is Israel's ambassador to Germany, a respected longtime diplomat tasked with defending the same policies his son so adamantly opposes.Issacharoff is the spokesman of Breaking the Silence, a group of former fighters who served in the occupied West Bank and now collect testimonies about the damaging impact of the occupation. The group says the probe was politically-motivated and bungled from the start, with investigators interviewing the wrong Palestinian victim and refraining from questioning fellow soldiers who backed Issacharoff's account. Issacharoff says he wants to be tried for his actions to highlight the moral price Israel is paying for its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war.Since 2004, the group has collected testimony from more than 1,100 soldiers describing the dark side of Israel's military rule, including seemingly routine mistreatment of Palestinian civilians.Shaul insists the group vets all soldiers' testimonies carefully and submits its material to the military censor before publication, to avoid inadvertently harming Israeli security. He said the government – and large segments of the public – cannot handle the inconvenient truth and that the Issacharoff saga was just the latest attempt to clamp down on legitimate criticism.
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