Uri Avnery: Perhaps the Messiah will Come

March 11, 2017 IF SOMEONE had told me 50 years ago that the rulers of Israel, Jordan and Egypt had met in secret to make peace, I would have thought that I was dreaming. If I had been told that the leaders of Egypt and Jordan had offered Israel complete peace in return for leaving the occupied territories, with some exchanges of territory and a token return of refugees, … Read more Uri Avnery: Perhaps the Messiah will Come

Uri Avnery: How did it Start?

Given the various inanities and inaccuracies spouted by our President & his friend Bibi, given the disaster we can look forward to if Trump forces the US to abandon the 2-state solution, relocates the US Embassy to Jerusalem under an US Ambassador in cahoots with illegal settlements, given all this, it is useful to go back to the root of the conflict to see how it all started. Uri Avnery … Read more Uri Avnery: How did it Start?

Uri Avnery on David Friedman: “Don’t Send Him!”

December 24, 2016 DONALD TRUMP has spat in my face. Not only in my own face, but in the faces of at least half the Israeli population. He has appointed a bankruptcy lawyer named David Friedman to the job of US ambassador in Israel. This sounds like a bad joke. But it is brutal reality. It sets a precedent unknown in the annals of international diplomacy. FIRST OF all, … Read more Uri Avnery on David Friedman: “Don’t Send Him!”

Uri Avnery: Civil War

September 3, 2016 Civil War SOMETHING STRANGE happens to retired chiefs of the Israeli internal Security Service, Shin Bet. The service is by definition a central pillar of the Israeli occupation. It is admired by (Jewish) Israelis, feared by Palestinians, respected by security professionals everywhere. The occupation could not exist without it. And here is the paradox: once the chiefs of the service leave their jobs, they become spokesmen … Read more Uri Avnery: Civil War

Mahmoud Darwish’s “Identity Card” on the Anniversary of his Death

Mahmoud Darwish: photo by Dar Al Hayat, n.d.; image edit by AnomalousNYC, 11 August 2008   Put it on record. ……..I am an Arab And the number of my card is fifty thousand I have eight children And the ninth is due after summer. What’s there to be angry about?Put it on record. I am an Arab Working with comrades of toil in a quarry. I have eight children … Read more Mahmoud Darwish’s “Identity Card” on the Anniversary of his Death

Dareen Tatour Returned… To Prison!

Posted by freehaifa. According to the principal chronicler of Dareen’s case, the blogger “Yoav Haifawi”: How “security considerations” become means for torture… We invited everybody to celebrate the return of poet Dareen Tatour to Reineh today, after more than three months in prison and more than six months in house arrest in exile in Kiryat Ono near Tel Aviv (more than 100 km from her home). Yes, we knew that … Read more Dareen Tatour Returned… To Prison!

Small Win: Poet Dareen Tatour Will Serve House Arrest at Home in Reineh

vi aArab Lit in English & BY MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 20, 2016 • ( 1 ) On July 18, Dareen Tatour’s hearing — to have her house arrest shifted from being alone outside Tel Aviv to her own village outside Nazareth — was postponed: Photo: Zahi Khamis. Previously appeared on Mondoweiss. But today word comes from Yoav Haifawi that “the prosecution agreed that Dareen will return to Reineh – still under … Read more Small Win: Poet Dareen Tatour Will Serve House Arrest at Home in Reineh

New Poems by Dareen Tatour, Under House Arrest in Israel

via ArabLit & MLYNXQUALEY on JULY 15, 2016 • ( 0 ) On Monday, July 18 at 9:00 a.m., Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour — currently under house arrest for alleged “incitement” via poetry — has her next court date: Photo: Zahi Khamis. Previously appeared on Mondoweiss. At this hearing, the judge will rule on whether Tatour can live at home in Reineh, a small Palestinian town outside of Nazareth, for the duration of her trial. … Read more New Poems by Dareen Tatour, Under House Arrest in Israel

PEN America: ‘Detention of Poet Dareen Tatour Signals Worrying Escalation in Israeli Repression’

via Arab Literature (in English) & by MLYNXQUALEY on JUNE 18, 2016 • ( 0 ) PEN America released a statement about the case of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour yesterday, condemning the “further evidence of the increasingly aggressive measures undertaken by the [Israeli] government to restrict speech critical of the state”: Tatour is one of a number of Palestinians who’ve been arrested for online speech critical of Israel. According to Nadim Nashef … Read more PEN America: ‘Detention of Poet Dareen Tatour Signals Worrying Escalation in Israeli Repression’

Uri Avnery on Israel’s Declaration of Independence

May 14, 2016 A Document with a Mission WHEN DAVID BEN-GURION read out Israel’s declaration of independence (officially: “Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel”) on May 14, 1948, I was in Kibbutz Hulda. My company of the (still unnamed) Israeli army was ordered to make a night attack on the Arab village of al-Kubab, near the town of Ramleh. It was expected to be a hard … Read more Uri Avnery on Israel’s Declaration of Independence