Avner Gvaryahu Director of Public Outreach of Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence 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 public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. 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 grew up in a religious Jewish community in Rehovot, Israel. He joined the IDF as a paratrooper in 2004, and served as a sniper team sergeant in a special operations unit in the west bank, mostly around Nablus and Jenin. After his military service, Avner joined Breaking the Silence, and became the organization’s Director of Public Outreach. Avner is currently a M.A candidate in the Institute for the Study of Human Rights in Columbia University and holds a BSW from TLV University.

Avner has spoken at dozens of events throughout Israel and the US including synagogues, rabbinical schools, and Jewish community centers.

Watch Rabbi Sharon Brous from IKAR mention Breaking the silence and Avner in her last Yom Kippur sermon: https://goo.gl/iS2jyB (all the sermon: https://vimeo.com/140442419)