Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

July 8, 2017 I HAVE a unique confession to make: I like Gaza. Yes, I like this far-away corner of Palestine, the narrow strip on the way to Egypt, in which two million human beings are crowded, and which is closer to hell than to heaven. My heart goes out to them. I HAVE spent quite a lot of time in the Strip. Once or twice I stayed there … Read more   Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

Uri Avnery on War Crimes

Uri Avnery June 27, 2015 War Crimes? Us??? “WAR IS HELL!” the US general William Tecumseh Sherman famously exclaimed. War is the business of killing the “enemy”, in order to impose your will on them. Therefore, “humane war” is an oxymoron. War itself is a crime. There are few exceptions. I would exempt the war against Nazi Germany, since it was conducted against a regime of mass murderers, led by a … Read more Uri Avnery on War Crimes

Uri Avnery’s Vision for the Future of Israel & Palestine

Uri Avnery March 28, 2015 The Israeli Salvation Front THE 2015 election was a giant step towards the self-destruction of Israel. The decisive majority has voted for an apartheid state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, in which democracy will slowly disappear. The decision is not yet final. Israeli democracy has lost a battle. It has not yet lost the war. If it does not draw the … Read more Uri Avnery’s Vision for the Future of Israel & Palestine

Gaza writers receive death threats from IS

This article via Al Monitor: THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST by Hana Salah Posted December 5, 2014 Translator(s)Pascale el Khoury GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mystery still surrounds the presence of the Islamic State (IS) in Gaza. Statements in the name of the radical group threatening or claiming responsibility for previous bombings in Gaza are not enough to prove the existence of active members in the besieged Gaza Strip, though IS’ … Read more Gaza writers receive death threats from IS

Uri Avnery: Son of Death

Uri Avnery / August 23, 2014  Son of Death THE WAR was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.  And then, suddenly, the war came back. What happened? Well, Hamas launched rockets against Beersheba in the middle of the ceasefire. Why? No why. You know how the terrorists are. … Read more Uri Avnery: Son of Death

Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

August 16, 2014 Eyeless in Gaza THE TROUBLE with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side. Ours, of course. There you are, drawing up a wonderful plan for the next war, preparing it, training for it, until everything is perfect. And then the war starts, and to your utmost surprise it appears that there is another side, … Read more Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

Welcome Home Villagers: A window into the minds of the Occupiers (“The most moral army in the world”)

The following comes via Tom Clarks’ blog — which you all should check out: he has been posting regularly on Gaza. Palestinians returning home find Israeli troops left faeces and venomous graffiti Ahmed Owedat also found soldiers had thrown his TVs, fridge, and computers from upstairs windows and slashed furniture  Harriet Sherwood in Burij, The Guardian, 7 August 2014   When Ahmed Owedat returned to his home 18 days after Israeli soldiers … Read more Welcome Home Villagers: A window into the minds of the Occupiers (“The most moral army in the world”)

The Many Lives of a Political Poem: From Hebrew, to Arabic, to Another Life in Hebrew

via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on AUGUST 2, 2014 • ( 0 ) Over at The Paris Review, poet and translator Peter Cole writes about the ironic new life that Benjamin Netanyahu has given to Hayim Nahman Bialik’s poem “On the Slaughter”: In the days after the three Israeli teens were murdered, most likely hours after their kidnapping, Netanyahu publicly expressed condolences to the families while quoting from Bialik: “Vengeance … for … Read more The Many Lives of a Political Poem: From Hebrew, to Arabic, to Another Life in Hebrew

Gaza’s writers keep writing under the bombs

via The Electronic Intifada: Submitted by Sarah Irving on Sun, 07/20/2014 – 15:01 Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City on 19 July. (Mohammad Othman / APA images) Despite Israel’s relentless aerial bombardments, shelling and ground attacks for nearly two weeks, Palestinian writers in Gaza have responded to the latest onslaught by doing what they know – writing. According to an email from Ra Page, director of Manchester-based Comma Press, which … Read more Gaza’s writers keep writing under the bombs

Gaza

The horror of what’s happening in Gaza is there for all to see. Here are the opening lines of Mahmood Darwish’s poem on Gaza: Gaza is far from its relatives and close to its enemies, because whenever Gaza explodes, it becomes an island and it never stops exploding. It scratched the enemy’s face, broke his dreams and stopped his satisfaction with time. Because in Gaza time is something different. … Read more Gaza