Breaking the Silence at Columbia University
Thursday, March 31 at 8 PM
Rennert Hall, The Kraft Center (Hillel)
Join J Street CU as we welcome Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the Silence (BTS) to speak on campus.
BTS is a non-profit organization that works to expose the harsh realities of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. The organization does so by collecting the narratives and stories of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli army since the Second Intifada began sixteen years ago. From BTS's website: "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."
Avner Gvaryahu, former Director of Public Outreach for BTS, has been with the organization for over five years. He was born in Rehovot, Israel, and was raised in a religious nationalist community. During his time in the Israel Army, Gvaryhau served in the special forces of the paratroopers brigade and attained the ranking of staff sergeant. A year after he was discharged, Gvaryahu joined BTS as a researcher and tour guide, and focused his time on connecting Jewish communities around the world with a new understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gvaryahu holds a B.A. in Social Work from Tel Aviv University, and is currently working towards a M.A. at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights here at Columbia University.
This event is being co-sponsored by the Human Rights Graduate Group.