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Breaking the Silence:
Because it's Time to Tell

December 6, 2006

Guest speaker: Yehuda Shaul a discharged soldier of the Israeli army

Yehuda Shaul, a discharged soldier of the Israeli army, will be speaking in Toronto, after a very successful
speaking tour across the United States. "Breaking the Silence, because it's time to tell!" will be held on Thursday December 7, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at The Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue (5 blocks north of Lawrence, east off Bathurst) and Monday December 11, 2006, at The Society of Friends' House, 60 Lowther Avenue (2 blocks north of Bloor just east of Bedford Road, at 7:30 p.m.

Born in Jerusalem, the son of an American father and Canadian-born mother, Yehuda Shaul immigrated to Israel in 1973, the year of the Yom Kippur war. Much like every other male in Israel, he was drafted into the army at the age of 18. During 14 months of service in Hebron, Yehuda could not bear the moral erosion he saw in himself and his comrades. Now the ultra-Orthodox 24-year-old has organized an exhibit of soldiers' photographs to bring the reality of the territories home.

"We are discharged soldiers who have decided not to keep silent. We all served in the territories. Some served in Gaza, some in Hebron, some in Bethlehem... we all manned checkpoints, participated in patrols and arrests and took part in the war against 'terror'... So far, hundreds of discharged combat soldiers have decided to break the silence and every day more people follow. During our combat service we've handled many different missions. We have one mission left: to talk, tell and not keep anything hidden."

Admission: for Thursday, December 7th is $7.00 for non-members and $5.00 for members. For more information, call 416-789-5502.

The Thursday event is co-sponsored by: United Jewish People's Order (UJPO), Yoisher-The Jewish Network for Social Justice, Not in our Name (NION) and the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians (ACJC).

Admission for Monday, December 11th is by donation.

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