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In One Word: Poof!

Monday, 14 April 2014, 11:51 am | Uri Avnery

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace ... More >>

Mandela - The Movie | Uri Avnery

Saturday, 28 December 2013, 8:29 am | Uri Avnery

I HAVE just seen the new movie “Mandela”, and I am so full of impressions that I cannot abstain from writing them down. It is a very good film, with very good actors. But that’s not the main point. It is a very accurate film, depicting what actually ... More >>

A Gift from Europe

Monday, 22 July 2013, 12:50 pm | Uri Avnery

On my 70th birthday, I received a gift from Yitzhak Rabin: he signed the document recognizing the existence of the Palestinian people, after many decades of denial. He also recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as its representative. More >>

Butterflies in Damascus

Monday, 10 June 2013, 12:06 pm | Uri Avnery

During the Spanish civil war of 1936, a news story reported the deaths of 82 Moroccans, 53 Italians, 48 Russians, 34 Germans, 17 Englishmen, 13 Americans and 8 Frenchmen. Also 1 Spaniard. “Serves him right,” people in Madrid commented, “Why did he ... More >>

The State of Whom?

Monday, 27 May 2013, 1:10 pm | Uri Avnery

Can a law be both ridiculous and dangerous? It certainly can. Witness the ongoing initiative of our government to enact a law that would define the State of Israel as “The Nation-State of the Jewish People”. More >>

The Donkey of the Messiah

Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 4:53 pm | Uri Avnery

“The two-state solution is dead!” This mantra has been repeated so often lately, by so many authoritative commentators, that it must be true. Well, it ain't. It reminds one of Mark Twain’s oft quoted words: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” More >>

The Russians Came

Monday, 29 April 2013, 11:44 am | Uri Avnery

When the huge immigration wave from the Soviet Union arrived in 1990, we were glad. First of all, because we believe that all immigration is a good thing for the country. This, I believe, is generally the case. More >>

In Praise of Emotion in Peacemaking

Tuesday, 23 April 2013, 11:55 am | Uri Avnery

It was a moving experience. Moments that spoke not only to the mind, but also – and foremost – to the heart. Last Sunday, on the eve of Israel’s Remembrance Day for the fallen in our wars, I was invited to an event organized by the activist ... More >>


Wednesday, 3 April 2013, 10:08 am | Uri Avnery

So, finally our Prime Minister has apologized to Turkey for “operational mistakes” that “might have” led to the death of nine Turks during the attack on MV Mavi Marmara, the ship which tried to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. It took him ... More >>

Israel Elections: A Move to the Center

Tuesday, 29 January 2013, 11:50 am | Uri Avnery

It was the night of the optimists. Tuesday at 10.01 pm, a minute after the ballot boxes were sealed, the three TV news programs announced the results of their exit polls. The dire predictions of the pessimists were scattered to the winds. Israel ... More >>

Once and For All: The Big Winner is Hamas

Thursday, 29 November 2012, 11:38 am | Uri Avnery

The mantra of this round was Once And For All. “We must put an end to this (the rockets, Hamas, the Palestinians, the Arabs?) Once and For All!” – this cry from the heart was heard dozens of times daily on TV from the harassed inhabitants of ... More >>

Another Superfluous War - Uri Avnery

Saturday, 17 November 2012, 9:16 pm | Uri Avnery

HOW DID it start? Stupid question. Conflagrations along the Gaza Strip don’t start. They are just a continuous chain of events, each claimed to be in “retaliation” for the previous one. Action is followed by reaction, which is followed by retaliation, ... More >>

The Man with the Uzi

Tuesday, 23 October 2012, 1:34 pm | Uri Avnery

There was this young Israeli who was captured by cannibals. They put him in the cooking pot and were about to light the fire, when he expressed one last wish: “Please box my ears!” When the cannibal chief obliged, the Israeli jumped up, leveled his ... More >>

Filling the Black Hole

Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 12:03 pm | Uri Avnery

So we have two election campaigns in the next three months – one in the USA and one in Israel. I don’t know which of them is more important for our lives. In many respects, the two elections are very different. But in some others, they are strikingly ... More >>

The Grand Default

Monday, 8 October 2012, 5:50 pm | Uri Avnery

I am sitting here writing this article 39 years to the minute from that moment when the sirens started screaming, announcing the beginning of the war. A minute before, total quiet reigned, as it does now. More >>


Monday, 18 June 2012, 5:04 pm | Uri Avnery

“We shall not be a normal people, until we have Jewish whores and Jewish thieves in the Land of Israel,” our national poet, Haim Nahman Bialik, said some 80 years ago. This dream has come true. We have Jewish murderers, Jewish robbers and Jewish ... More >>

Uri Avnery: Operetta in 5 Acts

Friday, 18 May 2012, 12:43 pm | Uri Avnery

The master magician has drawn another rabbit from his top hat. A real and very lively rabbit. He has confounded everybody, including the leaders of all parties, the top political pundits and his own cabinet ministers. More >>

“Stupid and Mean and Brutal”

Monday, 23 April 2012, 11:05 am | Uri Avnery

“In blood and sweat / A race will arise to us / Proud and generous and brutal…” Thus wrote Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the founder of extreme right-wing Zionism, who was also a writer and a poet. Present-day Likud leaders see him as their forefather, ... More >>

Netanyahu deligitimises Israel by comparing it to Syria/Iran

Monday, 16 April 2012, 12:27 pm | Uri Avnery

In the height of demagoguery, Binyamin Netanyahu calls upon peace and human rights activists to go Syria and Iran, and this pack of absurdities goes echoing though the official and unofficial government mouthpieces. More >>

Uri Avnery: The Laughing Beast

Wednesday, 7 March 2012, 9:35 am | Uri Avnery

b If I were to follow the call of my heart, I would appeal to our government to send the Israeli army into Syria, drive the Assad gang from Damascus, turn the country over to the Syrian opposition or the UN, and go home. That wouldn’t even be very ... More >>