This is Not a Reading Series and Ken Finkleman present OUR HARSH LOGIC: Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies From the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010

This is Not a Reading Series and Ken Finkleman present

Dana Golan from “Breaking the Silence”—to reveal the truth behind the Israeli army’s occupation of the territories.

Launching OUR HARSH LOGICIsraeli Soldiers’ Testimonies From the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010

It is "one of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation."
The New York Review of Books

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Event starts at 8:00 p.m.

$5 entrance fee or FREE admission with purchase of the book.

Join This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) and Ken Finkleman for a frank and informative evening, led by Dana Golan, about the meaning of occupation—what it’s done to Israel’s soldiers and to Palestinians.

Dana Golan, a three-year veteran of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) will talk and present videos, revealing the hard truth about what has happened to “the most moral army in the world.” She will be also be interviewed by Canadian media presence Ken Finkleman in a no-hold’s-barred discussion about Israel’s occupation of the disputed territories.

Israeli soldiers, the young men and women in the army, know the truth of the occupation better than anyone—they are the people who carry it out. Now, in a monumental book of collective testimony, OUR HARSH LOGIC: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010, the soldiers speak out and demand to be heard.

“The soldiers in Our Harsh Logic have come forward to rouse the conscience of their fellow citizens....Anyone who thinks the IDF limits itself to confiscating weapons and punishing terrorists when patrolling the occupied territories would do well to consider what its own members say.”
The Nation

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) is still held by many to be “the most moral army in the world,” and its actions in the Occupied Territories are—it claims—first and foremost aimed at protecting the country from terror. But the soldiers themselves tell a different story. Talking frankly about what they did, what they were told to do, and what they saw, these young Israelis draw a broad and powerful portrait of an ostensibly defensive military program that in fact serves an offensive agenda. As the soldiers show in vivid and immediate detail, even the key terms of IDF policy—“preventing terror,” “separating populations,” “preserving normal Palestinian life,” and “law enforcement”— in fact mean precisely the opposite on the ground, spreading fear and subjugation, accelerating Jewish settlement and the acquisition of Palestinian land, crippling all political and social life, and ultimately thwarting any possibility of independence.

The soldiers in OUR HARSH LOGIC have gone on the record with their personal experiences to break what they call a conspiracy of silence across Israeli society and to fulfill a moral obligation. Speaking with undeniable authority, they have made a supremely significant contribution to one of the world’s most vexed and intractable conflicts.


BREAKING THE SILENCE, one of Israel’s most internationally lauded NGOs, was established in Jerusalem in 2004 by Israel Defense Forces veterans to document testimonies of Israeli soldiers who have served in the Occupied Territories.

DANA GOLAN was born and raised on a moshav in central Israel. She joined the IDF in 2001 after high school, serving as a non-commissioned officer in the Education Corps at the Hebron Border Police Base. In June 2002 she was sent to the Officer Training Academy and the Training Base of the Education Corps for six months. Appointed an education officer, she was based at the Military Prison in Zrifin from December 2002 until her release in February 2004.

Dana was the Executive Director of Breaking the Silence from January 2009 until February 2013. Dana has a B.A. degree in Humanities from the Open University and a M.A. in Political Communication from Tel Aviv University.

KEN FINKLEMAN is an award-winning writer, director, producer and actor. He is the creator of the TV series The Newsroom, Married Life, More Tears, Foolish Heart, Foreign Objects, At the Hotel, Good Dog and Good God.

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

Media contact for TINARS: Marc Glassman