From Occupation to Annexation? A Conversation with Avner from Breaking the Silence

[New Gen] From Occupation to Annexation? A Conversation with Avner from Breaking the Silence

Sun 28 Jun 2020 at 8pm - 9pm


Contact Eve Altman ( 0449 144 255) for more information.

With Prime Minister Netanyahu actively advancing plans to annex parts of the West Bank on 1 July, we are joined by Avner Gvaryahu from Breaking the Silence, for an interactive discussion on the impacts of this decision.

The majority of Israelis oppose annexation of the West Bank, so how is Israel's civil society leveraging this public opposition to annexation to prevent the Netanyahu government’s plans? 

We’ll have an interactive conversation with Avner, who, as a former combat soldier, brings unique insight into the way the occupation has unfolded over the last 53 years. 

We want to acknowledge that this is a discussion of difficult issues, so we encourage you to come with an open mind, as well as a long list of questions.

This is a New Gen exclusive event for NIF supporters in youth movements and in their 20s and 30s.

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Breaking the Silence is an organisation of veteran soldiers 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 Palestinian territories. They endeavour 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. Their work aims to bring an end to the occupation.

Avner Gvaryahu ​was born in the Israeli city of Rehovot and raised in the religious-Zionist community. During his army service, he served in the special forces of the paratroopers brigade, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. 

A year after he was discharged he joined Breaking the Silence as a researcher and tour guide with a focus on working with world Jewry and later became director of the Public Outreach. He has been the organisation’s executive director since August 2017.

Avner holds a BA in social work from Tel Aviv University and an MA from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights in Columbia University.