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June 27, 2004

Israeli Soldiers: There’s Shooting and There’s Shooting

One of the themes I’ve been tracking for the past few months is the “unofficial” circulation of wartime images. Although there have been many unofficial photos and video journals posted by and from soldiers over the past couple years, Abu Ghraib has brought the practice into sharper focus. The latest installment on the subject comes from Israel.

An exhibition titled “Breaking the Silence” is comprised of photos taken by Israeli soldiers stationed in the West Bank city of Hebron. The members of the IDF unit (above) who created the exhibit said that they wanted the Israeli public to see for itself “what’s really gone on.”

Despite the controversy generated by the exhibition, it is scheduled to move next to the Israeli parliament building.

The CNN audio report and slide show is here, and the CNN story is here .

(image of the Israeli IDF unit: cnn.com)

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