Breaking the Silence Philly posterJewschool announces the U.S. premier of Breaking the Silence’s exhibit of photographs and video testimonies from soldiers who served in occupied territories, collected and presented by Breaking the Silence, bound for Philadelphia on Feb 9th – 24th and in Boston on March 1st – 16th! The exhibit features over 100 photographs and video testimonials, with guided tours led by former Israeli soldiers. A sneak peak is available here.

Why come to the U.S.? Breaking the Silence proposes no political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only that one is needed urgently. It is a cop-out to say that human rights abuses are by “a few bad apples.” Breaking the Silence’s contribution to the discussion — in Israeli and now American and American Jewish society — through “I did it myself” credibility that the system of occupation “actively rots the apples” of Israel’s young soldiers. They know, they saw it, they did it. The information presented here is crucial to everyone’s understanding — right or left — of the costs and benefits of occupation to Israel’s moral fabric.

Which is why Jewschool signed on as media sponsor, to advance these pressing questions presented by first-hand, irrefutably credible sources into the blogsphere. As media sponsor, Jewschool will accompany the exhibit through both cities, Philly and Boston, and to their satellite presentations in synagogues and JCCs there and also in DC, New York City, Maine, North Carolina. We’ll also feature clips from the Breaking the Silence video blog (launching in early February) of responses by visitors to the exhibit.

Breaking the Silence Exhibit:
Israeli Soldiers Talk About the Occupied Territories

Philadelphia: February 9 – February 24
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
Opening Night Reception on Saturday, February 9 at 7 pm

Boston: March 1 – March 16
Hosted by Harvard College’s Progressive Jewish Alliance
Harvard University’s Whitehead Center for International Studies
1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Opening Night Reception on Saturday, March 1 at 7 pm

More info below the fold.
Sponsored by Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom: The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, Harvard College’s Progressive Jewish Alliance, Hashomer Hatzair, Jewschool.com, Meretz USA, the Union of Progressive Zionists, Open Society Institute’s Documentary Photography Project, and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.
Extended hours on certain dates; other hours subject to change. For complete day-by-day listing, check the web site for updates: www.BreakingTheSilenceExhibit.org (launching February 2008). To schedule a tour of the exhibit or request a speaker for your synagogue, classroom or community group, contact Breaking the SIlence here.
About Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects testimonies of soldiers who have served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifada.
Soldiers who serve in the Territories are witness to, and participate in military actions which change them immensely. Cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property have been the norm for years, but are still excused as military necessities or explained as extreme and unique cases.
Discharged soldiers who return to civilian life discover the gap between the reality that they encountered in the Territories, and the silence that they encounter at home. In order to become a civilian again, soldiers are forced to ignore their past experiences. Breaking the Silence voices the experiences of those soldiers, in order to force Israeli society to address this reality.