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Uri Avnery
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Uri Avnery is a peace activist.


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Columns by Uri Avnery

Who Is Afraid of a Real Inquiry?
Uri Avnery 2010-06-21 03:00
  If a real Commission of Inquiry had been set up (instead of the pathetic excuse for a commission), here are some of the questions it should have addressed:   1. What is the real aim of the Gaza Strip blockade?   2. If the aim is to prevent the flow of arms into the Strip, why are only 100 products allowed in (as compared to the more than 12 thousand products in an average Israeli...
Count Me Out
Uri Avnery 2009-10-31 15:50
A YEAR before the Oslo agreement, I had a meeting with Yasser Arafat in Tunis. He was full of curiosity about Yitzhak Rabin, who had just been elected Prime Minister.   I described him as well as I could and ended with the words: “He is as honest as a politician can be.”   Arafat broke into laughter, and all the others present, among them Mahmoud Abbas and Yasser Abed-Rabbo...
The 155th Victim
Uri Avnery 2006-09-26 16:00
Since the days when Roman Emperors threw Christians to the lions, the relations between the emperors and the heads of the church have undergone many changes. Constantine the Great, who became Emperor in the year 306--exactly 1700 years ago--encouraged the practice of Christianity in the empire, which included Palestine . Centuries later, the church split into an Eastern (Orthodox) and a...
The 155th Victim
Uri Avnery 2006-08-20 16:00
WITH A few words, a Lebanese army officer destroyed, the day before yesterday, the illusion that Israel had achieved anything in this war. At a televised Lebanese army parade that was also broadcast on Israeli TV , the officer read a prepared text to his assembled troops, who were about to be deployed along the Lebanese-Israeli border.
From Mania to Depression
Uri Avnery 2006-08-16 16:00
THIRTY THREE days of war. The longest of our wars since 1949. On the Israeli side: 154 dead - 117 of them soldiers. 3,970 rockets launched against us, 37 civilians dead, more than 422 civilians wounded. On the Lebanese side: about a thousand dead civilians, thousands wounded. An unknown number of Hizbullah fighters dead and wounded. More than a million refugees on both sides. So what has...
Junkies of War
Uri Avnery 2006-08-06 16:00
FOR ME it was a moment of shocking revelation. I was listening to one of the daily speeches of our Prime Minister. He said: "We are a wonderful people!" He said: We have already won this war, it is the greatest victory in the history of our state. He said: We have changed the face of the Middle East . And more to that effect. Well, I told myself, that's Olmert.
In the Gunsight: Syria
Uri Avnery 2006-07-30 16:00
IT IS the old story about the losing gambler: he cannot stop. He continues to play, in order to win his losses back. He continues to lose and continues to gamble, until he has lost everything: his ranch, his wife, his shirt.
Is Beirut Burning?
Uri Avnery 2006-07-23 16:00
"IT SEEMS that Nasrallah survived," Israeli newspapers announced, after 23 tons of bombs were dropped on a site in Beirut , where the Hizbullah leader was supposedly hiding in a bunker. An interesting formulation. A few hours after the bombing, Nazrallah had given an interview to Aljazeera television. Not only did he look alive, but even composed and confident. He spoke about the bombardment -...
The Real Aim
Uri Avnery 2006-07-20 16:00
THE REAL aim is to change the regime in Lebanon and to install a puppet government. That was the aim of Ariel Sharon's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It failed. But Sharon and his pupils in the military and political leadership have never really given up on it. As in 1982, the present operation, too, was planned and is being carried out in full coordination with the U.S. As then, there is no...
A One-Sided War
Uri Avnery 2006-07-09 16:00
THAT'S IT. Tomorrow the World Cup games come to an end. We can congratulate the new champions and wish them arrivederci or au revoir, as the case may be. Now the public can return to less important matters, such as the daily killing and destruction, the captured soldier, the launching of Qassam rockets and everything else connected with our invasion of Gaza . THE VERY definition of the...
Agatha in the Rain
Uri Avnery 2006-06-30 16:00
"ISRAEL HAS declared war on the Palestinian people! The Palestinian people will answer in kind! The Palestinian rebellion will go on! The Palestinian fighters are steadfast in the service of the nation! Down with the Nazi-Zionist occupation! Out with the unclean infidels from the Holy Land ! Destroyed Rafah - we shall build you anew! Long live the Palestinian revolution! Long live the State of...
...Shall We Not Revenge?'
Uri Avnery 2006-02-05 17:00
'...Shall We Not Revenge?' by Uri Avnery IF ONE wants to understand what the Palestinians did on election day, one has to see the film "Paradise Now", which has been nominated for an Oscar for the best foreign film, after collecting several prestigious international prizes. It explains better than a million words.
With Friends Like These...
Uri Avnery 2006-01-17 17:00
JUDAS ISCARIOT is headed for a makeover. According to news reports, cardinals close to the new pope recommend a change in the Catholic Church's attitude towards him: exit the treacherous Jew who turns the messiah over to the cohorts of the evil High Priest - enter the apostle who simply fulfilled his role in the divine design. After all, it was God who decided that his son should die on the cross...
A Napoleon, Made in Israel
Uri Avnery 2006-01-09 17:00
He was an Israeli Napoleon. From early youth, he was totally convinced that he was the only person in the world who could save the State of Israel. That was an absolute certainty, free of any doubt. He just knew that he must achieve supreme power, in order to fulfill the mission that fate had entrusted him with.
The Pied Piper
Uri Avnery 2005-12-18 17:00
SOME 721 YEARS ago, the town of Hamelin in Germany was suffering from a plague of rats. A citizen called Bunting offered to get rid of them for an agreed fee. When he played on his flute, the entranced rats came out of their holes and followed him to the river where they drowned. But when the piper presented his bill to the town fathers, they wouldn't pay him.
War Is a State of Mind
Uri Avnery 2005-10-18 16:00
Some years ago I talked with a young Israeli writer. I was struck by the fact that in spite of being very successful and acclaimed by the critics, and that at a relatively early age, she somehow exuded an air of insecurity.
What Awaits Samira?
Uri Avnery 2005-10-16 16:00
A few days ago, at a conference in Europe , I met a charming young lady. Intelligent, well educated, versed in several languages, and, well, very attractive. After a few hours of shopping, she was as elegant as a model, dressed in the very latest fashion. She happens to be a Shiite from Baghdad , where she has now returned. Let's call her Samira. What struck me most about Samira was her...
The Gladiators
Uri Avnery 2005-10-02 16:00
The contest between Binyamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon in the Likud Central Committee resembled a duel between two gladiators in the Roman arena. The more so since many of the Committee members behaved like the Roman rabble who screamed, rioted and demanded blood.
Joha's Nail
Uri Avnery 2005-09-19 16:00
One day Joha, the hero of popular Arab humor, sold his home. The price he demanded was ridiculously low and he had only one condition: "on one of the walls there is a nail that I am much attached to. I don't want to sell it." The buyer readily agreed. Who cares about a nail?
Who Murdered Arafat?
Uri Avnery 2005-09-11 16:00
The day before yesterday the Haaretz headline screamed: "Doctors: Arafat died of AIDS or poisoning." AIDS appeared in first place.
The Bang and the Whimper
Uri Avnery 2005-09-04 16:00
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: / A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; / A time to break down and a time to build up . . . ." The book of Ecclesiastes has no truer follower than Ariel Sharon. Witness, Sharon himself set up the settlements in the Gaza Strip, and now he has destroyed them with his own hands. He created the...
Dear Settlers
Uri Avnery 2005-08-28 16:00
August 18th, 2005 --a milestone in the history of the State of Israel. Dear Settlers -- "Dear" in the most literal sense. At long last it must be spelled out, without hypocritical pity, without "if" and "but."
This Was the Day
Uri Avnery 2005-08-21 16:00
August 18th, 2005 --a milestone in the history of the State of Israel. This was the day on which the settlement enterprise in this country went into reverse for the first time. True, the settlement activity in the West Bank continues at full speed. Ariel Sharon intends to give up the small settlements in the Gaza Strip in order to secure the big settlement blocs in the West Bank .
Arik's Horror Show
Uri Avnery 2005-06-20 16:00
All the world saw the horror on TV: a Palestinian boy lying on the ground, unconscious. An Israeli soldier bending over him, not knowing what to do. A settler coming up from behind and throwing a stone at the head of the injured Palestinian. Another settler dropping a big stone on him at point-blank range. A bearded medic, also a settler, approaches the wounded boy, hesitates, and then goes away...
Red Herring
Uri Avnery 2005-06-20 16:00
The experience was almost surrealistic: I was in a hall in the centre of Gaza , facing some 500 people, all of them bearded men, nearly all of them Hamas militants. The Hamas movement officially opposes the very existence of the State of Israel, and here I stand on the podium speaking in Hebrew about peace between Israel and the future State of Palestine. Did they protest? On the contrary,...
Who Is Afraid of a Real Inquiry?
Uri Avnery 2010-06-21 03:00
  If a real Commission of Inquiry had been set up (instead of the pathetic excuse for a commission), here are some of the questions it should have addressed:   1. What is the real aim of the Gaza Strip blockade?   2. If the aim is to prevent the flow of arms into the Strip, why are only 100 products allowed in (as compared to the more than 12 thousand products in an average Israeli...