Breaking the Silence


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


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

This event includes a book signing


October 16, 2013
7:00 PM ET


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


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.

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

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

Unable to attend a Harvard Book Store author event? You can still pre-order a signed book by one of our visiting authors.

While we can't guarantee fulfillment of a signed book pre-order, our authors are almost always able to sign extra books to fulfill such orders.

Ordering a signed book on

  • Add the book to your shopping cart and then click Checkout.
  • Specify in Order Comments that you want a signed copy of the book.
  • Please note: online orders for signed copies must be placed at least one business day before the event. If you are ordering the day of, please call us instead.

Ordering a signed book by phone:

  • Call us at (617) 661-1515 and one of our booksellers will take your order. Specify you'd like a signed copy.
  • If you are requesting a personalized inscription and/or requesting your book be shipped, we'll need to take down credit card information. If you are planning to pick up the signed book in the store, you can pay on pick-up.


Can I request a personalized inscription?
Unless otherwise noted, we are happy to take requests for the author to sign your book to a specific person, but we can't guarantee it. If you do get a personalized inscription, the book will be non-returnable. We will require credit card information when you place the order.

Do signed books cost more?
There is no extra fee for a signed book!

Do I have to pick it up in the store, or can you deliver my signed book?
As with all web or phone orders, we can hold your book for in-store pickup, or ship it anywhere in the country.

I am planning to attend an author event. Do I need to pre-order a book?
No need. We'll be selling books at the event, and nearly all of our events include a signing at the end of the talk.

More questions? Give us a call!

Purchase the Book
Featured event books will be for sale at the event for 20% off. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.
General Info
(617) 661-1515

Media Inquiries

Accessibility Inquiries

Classic Totes

Tote bags and pouches
in a variety of styles,
sizes, and designs
, plus mugs, bookmarks, and more!

Learn More »

Shipping & Pickup

We ship anywhere in the U.S. and orders of $75+ ship free via media mail!

Learn More »

Noteworthy Signed Books: Join the Club!

Join our Signed First Edition Club (or give a gift subscription) for a signed book of great literary merit, delivered to you monthly.

Learn More »