This is How We Fought in Gaza

Jun 1 2015


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20036


“There were no rules of engagement. If you see anyone in that area, that person is a terrorist.”

Breaking the Silence – an organization of Israeli veterans – recently released “This is How We Fought in Gaza,” a report based entirely on testimonies from Israeli soldiers who fought in what Israel called Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. The Washington Post calls the report “…sobering testimony… that suggests permissive rules of engagement coupled with indiscriminate artillery fire contributed to the mass destruction and high numbers of civilian casualties.”

With the Gaza Strip still largely in ruins from last year’s fighting and Israel trying to dodge Palestinian efforts to bring its actions in Gaza before the International Criminal Court, the question of what actually happened on the ground remains a crucial one.

Avner Gvaryahu, a member of Breaking the Silence, will discuss the report and its implications for human rights, security and the rule of law in Israel.

A light lunch will be served.

Avner Gvaryahu was born and raised in a religious-Zionist family in Rehovot, Israel. He joined the IDF as a paratrooper in 2004, and served as a sniper team sergeant in a special operations unit, mostly around Nablus and Jenin. After his military service, Avner became involved with Breaking the Silence where he has served as Jewish Relations Coordinator for the past year. He holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Tel Aviv University, and lives with his wife in Tel Aviv.