Breaking the Silence

presents

Our Harsh Logic:
Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010

with AVNER GVARYAHU and ODED NA'AMAN

Co-sponsored by Boston Review and by Friends of Breaking the Silence

This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
16
Wednesday
October 16, 2013
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome AVNER GVARYAHU and ODED NA'AMAN of Breaking the Silence for a discussion of Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010, co-sponsored by Boston Review and by Friends of Breaking the Silence.

Support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory—both internationally and within Israel itself—rests on the belief that the Israeli army’s presence in the West Bank and Gaza is essentially protective, aimed at safeguarding the country from terror. But Israeli soldiers themselves tell a profoundly different story. In this landmark work, which includes hundreds of soldiers’ testimonies collected over a decade, what emerges is a broad policy that is as much offensive as defensive. In their own words, the soldiers reveal in vivid detail how key planks of the army’s program have served to accelerate Israeli acquisition of Palestinian land, cripple all normal political and social life, and ultimately thwart the possibility of Palestinian independence.

Taking aim at a silence of complicity that perpetuates the justification for occupation, the soldiers who speak out here offer a gripping and immediate record of oppression. Powerful and incontrovertible, Our Harsh Logic is a supremely significant contribution to one of the world’s most vexed conflicts.

“One of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation.”—The New York Review of Books


Avner Gvaryahu
Avner Gvaryahu

Avner Gvaryahu

Avner Gvaryahu was born and raised in a religious-Zionist family in Rehovot, Israel.  He joined the IDF as a paratrooper in 2004, and served as a sniper team sergeant in a special operations unit, primarily around Nablus and Jenin.  In 2009, after his military service, Avner became involved with Breaking the Silence as a volunteer, and since 2011, he has served as the Jewish Relations Coordinator.  Avner holds an MSW from Tel Aviv University and lives with his wife in Tel Aviv.

Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. Founded in March 2004 by a group of soldiers who served in Hebron, Breaking the Silence has since acquired a special standing in the eyes of the Israeli public and in the media, as it is unique in giving voice to the experience of soldiers. 

Oded Na’aman
Oded Na’aman

Oded Na’aman

Oded Na’aman is an Israeli writer, essayist, and activist. He served in the Artillery Corps of the Israel Defense Forces from November 2000 to October 2003. During 2003-2004 he was a regular contributor to the literary supplement of Ha’aretz newspaper. In 2005 he joined ‘Breaking the Silence’, an organization that collects soldiers' testimonies from the Occupied Territories. Oded’s articles and essays appeared in Boston Review, The Nation, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Ha’aretz, Alaxon, as well as other publications, and were translated into Italian and German. He co-edited Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010, published by Metropolitan Press. Oded’s short fiction has appeared in numerous Hebrew publications, including Ha’aretz, Keshet HaHadasha, Masmerim, and Maayan.

Oded is currently a Philosophy PhD candidate at Harvard University. He splits his time between Cambridge, MA and Brooklyn, NY.

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