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Uri Avnery is a peace activist.

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The Night After
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Uri Avnery 2003-04-10 16:00
Some more thought about the war (5): * The next war. It is now fashionable to talk about 'the day after.' Let's talk about the night after. After the end of hostilities in Iraq , the world will be faced with two decisive facts: First, the immense superiority of American arms can beat any people in the world, valiant as it may be.
A Crooked Mirror
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Uri Avnery 2003-04-02 16:00
More on the war (4): * Read the Bible. George Bush, we are told, is a deeply religious person, and so is his yeoman, Tony Blair. It is a pity that they do not read the Bible more. One of the most beautiful Hebrew sentences can be found in I Kings XX. When he attacked Israel , the King of Syria boasted of his mighty army and demanded surrender. King Ahab replied with four immortal Hebrew words,...
The Devil's Dictionary
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Uri Avnery 2003-03-30 16:00
Yet some more thoughts about the war (3): * The Coalition. No name could be more appropriate to the cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom against Iraq . In 'The Devil's Dictionary' of the American humorist Ambrose Bierce, published some 100 years ago, 'coalition' is defined as (I quote from memory) the cooperation between two thieves who have their hands so deep in each...
Where Did They Go Wrong?
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Uri Avnery 2003-03-26 17:00
Some more thoughts about the war: * Plan and reality. An old truism says: 'No war-plan does survive the first clash with the enemy.' That is always true. But something even worse has happened to the Americans now. In order to sell the war to their own public and to the world, Bush & Co. have painted the picture of a 'surgical operation.'
Bitter Rice
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Uri Avnery 2003-03-23 17:00
Some thoughts about the war: * Beware of the Shiites. The troubles of the occupation will start after the fighting is over. Here is a personal story and its lessons:
Crying Wolf?
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Uri Avnery 2003-03-16 17:00
'Why do you think that Sharon may exploit the American attack on Iraq in order to carry out transfer in the occupied territories?' a journalist asked me, after we published a warning to this effect in his paper. 'Aren't you crying wolf?'
Black Flags
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Uri Avnery 2003-03-09 17:00
When I visited Ramallah last, it wore a shining white frock. Even after days of sunshine, many areas where still covered with snow that hid the ravages of the occupation, destruction and neglect.
Pick a Card
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Uri Avnery 2003-03-02 17:00
Ariel Sharon is like one of those sleight-of-hand tricksters you see on the pavements of European cities. They mix three cards before your eyes, ask you to pick one of them, turn them upside down and ask you to guess which one is the card you have chosen. You are absolutely sure that you know where the card is ' and you are wrong. Always. How does the man do it? Elementary, dear Watson: He keeps...
One Man Against the World
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Uri Avnery 2003-02-16 17:00
- A great, civilized nation democratically elected a fanatic demagogue, who preached war. Actually, he did not really receive the majority of votes, but, somehow, his ascent to power was arranged nevertheless. - Soon after assuming power, he manipulated a dramatic incident in order to tighten his grip upon the country and prepare for attack on smaller nations. An immense propaganda machine...
The Smell of War
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Uri Avnery 2003-02-09 17:00
This is not a war about terrorism. This is not a war about weapons of mass destruction. This is not a war about democracy in Iraq . This is a war about something else.
What Are Friends For?
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Uri Avnery 2003-01-12 17:00
Sharon 's election campaign started like the triumphal march of a Roman emperor returning from victorious battle. The imperator stood in his carriage accepting the roars of adulation, while the chained captives (the Labor Party leaders) shuffled behind. But the march hit a mud pit. And with every step, it sinks more.
Liberman's Supreme Soviet
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Uri Avnery 2003-01-05 17:00
I have received a lot of curses in my lifetime, and here and there some compliments, too. But I have never received a compliment like this one: An important party, represented in the Knesset, has mentioned my name in its official election platform.
Revenge of a Child
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Uri Avnery 2002-11-17 17:00
Since last Sunday, a question has been running around in my head and troubling my sleep: What induced the young Palestinian, who broke into Kibbutz Metzer, to aim his weapon at a mother and her two little children and kill them? In war one does not kill children. That is a fundamental human instinct, common to all peoples and all cultures. Even a Palestinian who wants to take revenge for the...
All Because of a Small Olive
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Uri Avnery 2002-11-02 17:00
Why has the Sharon-Ben-Eliezer-Peres government collapsed? Because of a small olive. It started like a children's tale: Once upon a time there was a small olive in a Palestinian village. It grew and ripened on a branch of an old tree in a grove on the top of a hill. 'Pick me! I want to give my oil!' the little olive pleaded.
Naboth Had a Vineyard
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Uri Avnery 2002-10-25 16:00
Had they been there last Saturday at sunset, most Israelis would not have believed their eyes. In the middle of Havarah, a small village south of Nablus, 63 Israelis, men and women, young and old, were standing together with dozens of Palestinian villagers. Jews and Arabs talked together, drank juice offered by the hosts, exchanged addresses and phone numbers. The local children were wearing...
The Chain of Command
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Uri Avnery 2002-10-20 16:00
There is little controversy about the facts: last Thursday, in an IDF action in Rafah, at least eight Palestinians were killed (the number will probably climb, since some of the wounded were severely hurt). Five of those killed were woman and children. Almost fifty people were wounded--many of them children who had just left their school after lessons.
A Jewish Demographic State
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Uri Avnery 2002-10-09 16:00
It sounds like a bad joke, but it really happened: A rabbi went from Israel to Peru, converted a group of Native Americans to Judaism, brought them to this country and put them in a settlement, on land taken away from its Palestinian owners. There they receive, as all settlers do, generous government subsidies, paid for with money taken away from thousands of Israelis living below the poverty...
What A Show!
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Uri Avnery 2002-10-06 16:00
Who doesn't remember the picture: a Jew is put on trial in Moscow as a Zionist spy. Family members and friends come to observe the trial but are turned away. No place left, they are told, all the seats have already been taken. And indeed, KGB agents have filled the hall early, and with the entrance of the accused start to shout: 'Traitor!' 'Spy!' 'Kill him!' The day before yesterday I witnessed...
Manufacturing Anti-Semites
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Uri Avnery 2002-09-29 16:00
The first Israeli victim of Saddam Hussein is a Zionist myth on which we were brought up. It stated that Israel is a haven for all the Jews in the world. In all the other countries, Jews live in perpetual fear that a cruel persecutor will arise, as happened in Germany. Israel is the safe haven, to which Jews can escape in times of danger. Indeed, this was the purpose of the Founding Fathers when...
The Murder of Arafat
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Uri Avnery 2002-09-21 16:00
While I am writing this, Yasser Arafat is still alive. But his life is hanging on a thread. When we visited him the last time in his bombed-out Mukata'ah compound in Ramallah, I warned him that Sharon is determined to kill him. Everybody acquainted with Sharon knows that he never lets go. When he does not achieve his aim the first time, he tries again, and again, and again, and again. Never, ever...
A Witness from the Past
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Uri Avnery 2002-09-12 16:00
A person who died 1,900 years ago was summoned this week by Ariel Sharon to appear before his verbal kangaroo court. That, in itself, is not surprising. In Jewish consciousness, there is no clear borderline between past and present, as there is none between history and myth. This may be the result of living outside history for thousands of years. Anyhow, in all debates about the future, Jews are...
War Now!
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Uri Avnery 2002-09-08 16:00
Slowly, President Bush's war plan against Iraq is emerging from the thick fog. At first it looked like a collection of hazy slogans, but gradually it is becoming clear that it has definite--if hidden--aims. The plan is unconnected to the famous 'war on terrorism,' to the personality of Saddam Hussein or to the weapons of mass destruction that Iraq is producing, like all the other states in the...
The Return of the Dinosaurs
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Uri Avnery 2002-09-01 16:00
How did the dinosaurs die out? There are many theories about this. For example, that a meteor hit earth and the ensuing dust cloud obliterated the sun. I have a theory of my own: The dinosaurs suffered from a lack of proportion between body and brain. The tyrannosaurus, for example, had monstrous physical dimensions but his brain was the size of a pea. Then our ancestors, the little mammals,...
Who Is Afraid of a Real Inquiry?
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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...