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"So yes, as an Israeli citizen, I stand behind our right and obligation to defend ourselves. Yet rather than defending itself in recent weeks, Israel has primarily been defending its military control over the Gaza Strip." (Avner Gvaryahu, executive director of Breaking the Silence) ~ Hundreds of people decided to arrive one Friday to hear us break the silence on Gaza. In the face of a government that calls the soldiers it sent to the occupied territories "traitors," and demands us to remain silent in despair - as talking about the occupation is forbidden - hundreds of Israelis, public figures, artists, and activists, chose to take to the streets to break the silence and listen to soldiers who served in Gaza. "Today, talking about the occupation is an active act of resistance, and a conversation with a silence breaker is an ultimate act of resistance. Apathy is our true enemy. Don't let it win," said Avner in his speech at the event. And so, through one act of resistance at a time, we'll even win.
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This week we launched "Kingdom of Olives and Ash" in Australia! Our Executive Director Avner Gvaryahu and the Israeli writer Assaf Gavron traveled to Perth, Sydney and Margaret River. Yesterday, after arriving in Melbourne they met with the Jewish community, Jewish youth movements and the general public to describe what the reality we encountered in the Occupied Territories actually looks like. Meanwhile in Israel, we met with hundreds of people. We spoke at venues across the country and guided tours throughout the West Bank. Thus, almost a thousand people heard from us this week, about what the occupation of the Occupied Territories looks like from within, from the eyes of the soldiers who were taking part in it. And it's only one week's work. We do not intend to cover up the danger that the occupation poses to Israel and to its neighbors, and we certainly do not intend to remain silent. One day the occupation will end. Until then - we are breaking the silence.