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Uri Avnery
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Uri Avnery is a peace activist.


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Columns by Uri Avnery

The Bogyman
Uri Avnery 2005-06-05 16:00
While the new Chief-of-Staff, Air Force general Dan Halutz, was assuming his new job, I stood with a group of demonstrators at the gate of the General Staff building, to protest against his appointment. Our slogan was: "You have blood on your wings!" -- a reminder of his remarks when the Air Force dropped a one-ton bomb on a residential area in Gaza, in order to kill Hamas leader Salah Shehadeh....
Buying Off the Settlers
Uri Avnery 2005-05-30 16:00
Perhaps there are countries where drivers stuck in traffic jams don't get annoyed. They know they can do nothing about it, so they wait patiently. Think their own thoughts, listen to the radio or read until the jam disperses. We Israelis are not like that. We are a nervous lot. We have no patience. When we are stuck in a jam, we curse the world and the government, demanding a solution, perhaps a...
Wagner at the Memorial
Uri Avnery 2005-05-22 16:00
What to do on "Herzl Day," the anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Zionist movement--officially celebrated this week for the first time? How to honor the memory of this strange man, who still has such an enormous impact on our lives? The day found me in Berlin . I took a look at what was on in the city and discovered the perfect solution: on the same day, the renowned Staatsoper, the...
Death of a Myth
Uri Avnery 2005-05-11 16:00
The uproar has been raging for two weeks so far, and is showing no sign of abating. Israel is shaken to the core--is it the postponed "disengagement plan? Is it the killing of demonstrators against the Wall? No, it's a song. Like a devout Christian, Naomi Shemer confessed, on her deathbed, to the greatest sin of her life: Her immortal song "Jerusalem of Gold" is a copy of a Basque lullaby she...
Aren't You Ashamed?'
Uri Avnery 2005-05-08 16:00
The car stopped for a moment. An elderly lady pushed her head out of the window and shouted; "Aren't you ashamed of yourselves? Today is Holocaust Day, and you are demonstrating for Arabs?!" The cause of her anger was a large group of demonstrators opposite the Ministry of Defense in Tel-Aviv, last Thursday, the official Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel . Many things happened on that day.
A Tale of Two Demonstrations
Uri Avnery 2005-05-01 16:00
The day before yesterday, two demonstrations were held, just a few dozen kilometers apart. One took place at the Homesh settlement, not far from Jenin. Tens of thousands of settlers and their sympathizers came to demonstrate against the planned evacuation of this settlement. The demonstrators swore to sabotage the decisions of the government and the Knesset. One of them declared that they could...
For Whom the Bells Toll
Uri Avnery 2005-04-25 16:00
An Iranian technician named Jalal-a-Din Taheri, who had been working at the nuclear reactor at Bushehr, managed to defect to Europe , where he disclosed the Ayatollahs' plans for producing nuclear bombs. Taheri was acclaimed a hero throughout the world. A number of organizations nominated him for the Nobel Peace Price. President Bush praised his courage. Ariel Sharon invited him to come and live...
Don't Shoot the Croupier!
Uri Avnery 2005-04-10 16:00
As a decent person, I am supposed to feel compassion for the Gush Katif settlers. To embrace them. To shed a tear for their plight. And indeed, there are grounds for compassion. Human beings uprooted from the soil where they have been living for decades. Middle-aged people compelled to start their lives all over again. Children born there obliged to move to schools in other places. People who...
Paved With Bad Intentions
Uri Avnery 2005-03-27 16:00
Last week, the mainstream peace organizations held a demonstration in support of Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan. I agonized for days about whether to take part or not. The question continues to bother me, and the discussions on this subject are still going on ' with crucial votes due in the Knesset this week. Perhaps the best way to find an answer is to set out the pros and cons. Let's start...
Bush's Guru
Uri Avnery 2005-03-09 17:00
An American and a Soviet soldier meet in Berlin in 1945 and get into an argument about which of their countries is more democratic. 'Why,' the American said, 'I can stand in the middle of Times Square and shout 'President Truman is a scoundrel' and nothing will happen to me!' 'Big deal,' the Russian retorted, 'I can stand in the middle of Red Square and shout 'Truman is a scoundrel' and nothing...
The Next Crusades
Uri Avnery 2005-03-06 17:00
Many years ago, I read a book called The Quiet American by Graham Greene. Its central character is a high-minded, naive young American operative in Vietnam . He has no idea about the complexities of that country but is determined to right its wrongs and create order. The results are disastrous.
Finger After Finger
Uri Avnery 2005-03-01 17:00
Seven words uttered by President Bush in Brussels have not been paid the attention they deserve. He called for the establishment of 'a democratic Palestinian state with territorial contiguity' in the West Bank , and then added: 'A state on scattered territories will not work.' It is worthwhile to ponder these words. Who did he point the finger at? Why did he say this in Brussels , of all...
Beware of the Dog!
Uri Avnery 2005-03-01 17:00
It is not very flattering to be paraded like a Rottweiler on a leash, whose master threatens to let him loose on his enemies. But this is our situation now. Vice President Dick Cheney threatened a few weeks ago that if Iran continues to develop its nuclear capabilities, Israel might attack her.
?Sharm-al-Sheikh, We Have Come Back Again??
Uri Avnery 2005-02-13 17:00
Nobody called it the 'Ophira Conference.' Not even the papers of the extreme right. Who today even remembers the name Ophira, which was given to Sharm-al-Sheikh during the Israeli occupation, as a first step to its annexation?
Dunam After Dunam
Uri Avnery 2005-02-07 17:00
What would we say if an American institution, holding a seventh of all the land in the United States , adopted statutes that allowed it to sell or rent land only to White Anglo-Saxon Protestants? We would not believe it. And it is, indeed, impossible. But that's the way things are in Israel . This us now the subject of a stormy public debate.
The Stalemate
Uri Avnery 2005-01-31 17:00
Perhaps the second intifada has come to an end. Perhaps the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip will develop into a general, mutual cease-fire.
Who Envies Abu-Mazen?
Uri Avnery 2005-01-18 17:00
Now it's official: 'the First Democracy in the Arab World' or 'the Second Democracy in the Middle East ' has been born. The Palestinian elections have impressed the world. Until now, if elections were held in any Arab country at all, there was only one candidate, and he received 99.62% of the vote. Yet here there were seven candidates, there was a lively election campaign and the winning...
How the Hell Did This Happen?
Uri Avnery 2005-01-09 17:00
How the hell did I get into this goddamned mess? I wake up in the morning and can't believe it. What, I, Arik Sharon, am waging a war against the settlers? I, who put them there in the first place? I, who drafted the map of the settlements long before the settlers themselves ever dreamed of it? How, for God sake, did this start? What did I want, after all?
A Wreath for Blair
Uri Avnery 2004-12-28 17:00
'The curious incident is the barking of the dog,' Sherlock Holmes remarked. 'But the dog did not bark!' exclaimed Dr. Watson. 'That is the curious incident!' This week's curious incident concerns the wreath of Tony Blair. The wreath that he did not lay on the grave of Yasser Arafat. Elementary, dear Watson. Blair did go to the graveside. But he omitted the natural and customary thing: laying...
The Mountain and the Mouse
Uri Avnery 2004-12-19 17:00
Ariel Sharon's speech at the 'Herzliya Conference,' an annual gathering of Israel 's financial, political and academic aristocracy, proved again his wondrous ability to conjure up an imaginary world and divert attention away from the real one. Like every successful con-man, he knows that the audience desperately wants to believe good tidings and will be happy to ignore bad ones. It was an...
The Boss Has Gone Crazy
Uri Avnery 2004-12-12 17:00
When the fruit sellers at the Tel Aviv market shout, 'The boss has gone crazy!', they mean that they are selling their merchandise at ridiculously low prices. In the world's capitals, a similar cry is now being heard: 'The boss has gone crazy!' ' but it is not about the price of tomatoes. It refers to the new situation, after the reelection of George W. Bush for four more years. In many places...
Who"s Next?
Uri Avnery 2004-11-21 17:00
George W. Bush is a product of the Wild West myth. He sees himself as the fast-drawing sheriff who kills the bad guys and maintains order in town. But in fact he is much more like another stock figure of the Westerns: the top-hatted vendor of the patent medicine which heals everything: tooth-ache and belly-ache, cholera and impotence, gunshot wounds and heart attacks. Bush's patent medicine is...
Rejoice Not...
Uri Avnery 2004-11-14 17:00
'Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth, Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him.' This biblical injunction (Proverbs 24:17) is one of the most profound Jewish moral tenets. In this connection, Israel is very far from being a 'Jewish State,' as it likes to define itself. The disgusting filth poured out over Yasser Arafat during the last few...
On the Road to Civil War
Uri Avnery 2004-10-24 16:00
Everybody in Israel is talking about the Next War. The most popular TV channel is running a whole series about it. Not another war with the Arabs. Not the nuclear threat from Iran . Not the ongoing bloody confrontation with the Palestinians. The talk is about the coming civil war. Only a few months ago, that would have sounded preposterous. Now, suddenly, it has become a possibility, and a...
Thank You, Dubby
Uri Avnery 2004-10-18 16:00
What really is important is not what he said or why he said it, but the world-view that animates him. By now, everybody has had a go at analyzing the interview with Dov ('Dubby') Weisglass, Ariel Sharon's most intimate confidant. But there is precious little to analyze. His statement is crystal clear: the 'redeployment plan' was designed to 'freeze' the peace process for decades, to put all...
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...