An evening with Breaking the Silence

Event date 17 Nov '19 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Event location Temple Sinai • 50 Sewall Ave, Brookline, 02446, MA, United States
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American IDF Veterans Speak About the Occupied Territories:

Born and raised in the American Jewish community, we joined the IDF to defend Israel and its borders. What we did in the occupied territories was a far cry from that. Now we're breaking the silence.
Come hear us.

Join Breaking the Silence, New Israel Fund, J Street and Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice for an intimate conversation with American-born former IDF soldiers on encountering the Occupation.

Temple Sinai of Brookline
50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline
Monday, November 17th 7:00-9:00PM
Free admission

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Throughout November, these IDF veterans will be travelling the East Coast and speaking at various Jewish community venues. We believe the Diaspora Jewish community must take responsibility for its complicity in Israeli government policies in the occupied territories while understanding one of the immediate moral implications of this support: members of their own communities taking part directly in the prolonged military occupation.

Every year, thousands of Jews from the Diaspora join the Israeli military. These young men and women are referred to as Lone Soldiers. They chose to enlist overseas in order to protect the homeland of the Jewish people. Like Israeli-born soldiers, many of them are made to serve in the occupied territories, maintaining Israeli military rule over millions of Palestinian civilians.

Breaking the Silence (BtS) was founded in 2004 by a group of soldiers who served in the city of Hebron. As an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada, we have taken it upon ourselves to expose the Israeli and international public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.

Soldiers who serve in the occupied territories witness and participate in missions and operations as well as day to day activities that change them immensely. A day to day routine of arrests, stopping and searching civilians at checkpoints and entering innocent people’s houses - not to mention cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting and destruction of property - are the inevitable result of a prolonged occupation where young soldiers face a civilian population subjugated to their power.

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3 months agoAdd to Calender 2019-11-18 00:00:00 2019-11-18 00:00:00 An evening with Breaking the Silence American IDF Veterans Speak About the Occupied Territories: Born and raised in the American Jewish community, we joined the IDF to defend Israel and its borders. What we did in the occupied territories was a far cry from that. Now we're breaking the silence. Come hear us. Join Breaking the Silence, New Israel Fund, J Street and Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice for an intimate conversation with American-born former IDF soldiers on encountering the Occupation. Temple Sinai of Brookline 50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline Monday, November 17th 7:00-9:00PM Free admission ***************************************************************************** Throughout November, these IDF veterans will be travelling the East Coast and speaking at various Jewish community venues. We believe the Diaspora Jewish community must take responsibility for its complicity in Israeli government policies in the occupied territories while understanding one of the immediate moral implications of this support: members of their own communities taking part directly in the prolonged military occupation. Every year, thousands of Jews from the Diaspora join the Israeli military. These young men and women are referred to as Lone Soldiers. They chose to enlist overseas in order to protect the homeland of the Jewish people. Like Israeli-born soldiers, many of them are made to serve in the occupied territories, maintaining Israeli military rule over millions of Palestinian civilians. Breaking the Silence (BtS) was founded in 2004 by a group of soldiers who served in the city of Hebron. As an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada, we have taken it upon ourselves to expose the Israeli and international public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life. Soldiers who serve in the occupied territories witness and participate in missions and operations as well as day to day activities that change them immensely. A day to day routine of arrests, stopping and searching civilians at checkpoints and entering innocent people’s houses - not to mention cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting and destruction of property - are the inevitable result of a prolonged occupation where young soldiers face a civilian population subjugated to their power. Temple Sinai America/New_York public Peace #israel #palestine