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


November 21, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Lunchtime talk with Yehuda Shaul, co-founder of Breaking the Silence.
Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, casual lunch served
LocationBuilding 200, Room 017
This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation and the Stanford Human Rights Center.

About the speaker:
Yehuda Shaul was born and raised in Jerusalem in an ultra-Orthodox family. After graduating from a yeshiva high school in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank, Yehuda served in the Israeli Defense Force achieving the rank of commander and platoon sergeant and was posted in the Palestinian towns of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah on the West Bank.

In 2004, Yehuda founded Breaking the Silence with a group of fellow veterans; he serves as the organization’s Co-Director and Foreign Relations Officer.  BTS 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."  The organization works 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."

At this event, Yehuda will be presenting the organization's new book, Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010.  In Our Harsh Logic soldiers have gone on the record with their personal experiences to break what they call a conspiracy of silence across Israeli society and to fulfill a moral obligation.