Uri Avnery: What Happened to the Jews?

March 26, 2016 SUDDENLY I remembered where I had seen it before. The same kind of face. The same chin thrust forward, to produce an impression of force and determination. The same way of speaking. One sentence and then a pause, waiting for the mob to shout approval. The same combination of monster and clown. Yes. Unmistakable. I saw it in my early childhood. On newsreels. Benito Mussolini. Rome. … Read more Uri Avnery: What Happened to the Jews?

On Mahmoud Darwish’s Birthday, a New Translation of ‘Dying for Free’

On the anniversary of the birth of the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, a new translation by Naser Albreeky: ‘Dying for Free’ Mahmoud Darwish Translated by Naser Albreeky Autumn passing through my flesh as a funeral of oranges.. coppery moon crumpled by minerals and sand children falling in my heart upon the souls of men all the pain is my share..not everything is being told… and the arms of spilled … Read more On Mahmoud Darwish’s Birthday, a New Translation of ‘Dying for Free’

Darwish & Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine

via Tom Clark’s Beyond the Pale. MONDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 2016 Mahmoud Darwish: Psalm 9 (“O rose beyond the reach of time and of the senses”) / Stop Paying for Ethnic Cleansing and Send Your Kids To College For Free: A Modest Billboard Proposal Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid in Israel – A Photo Essay by Mats Svensson #Palestine #EndTheOccupation: image via free falling upwards @philipgeany, 17 February 2016 Mahmoud Darwish: … Read more Darwish & Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine

Uri Avnery: A Lady With A Smile 

February 13, 2015                  IT IS not easy to be an Arab in Israel. It is not easy to be a woman in Arab society. It is not easy to be an Arab in Israeli politics. And even less easy to be an Arab woman in the Knesset. Haneen Zuabi is all these together. Perhaps because of this she wears a perpetual … Read more Uri Avnery: A Lady With A Smile 

Uri Avnery: A Lonely Lawyer

December 19, 2015 BY NOW EVERY ISRAELI has seen the TV clip several times – showing a 14-year old Arab girl being shot dead near the central market of Jewish Jerusalem. The story is well known: two sisters, 14 and 16 years old, have decided to attack Israelis. The clip, taken by a security camera, shows one of them, clad in traditional Arab garb, jumping around on the sidewalk, … Read more Uri Avnery: A Lonely Lawyer

Uri Avnery: The Settlers’ Prussia

October 17, 2015 ISRAELI DEMOCRACY is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably. Sliding where? Everybody knows that: towards an ultra-nationalist, racist, religious society. Who is leading the ride? Why, the government, of course. This group of noisy nobodies which came to power at the last elections, led by Binyamin Netanyahu.  Not really. Take all these big-mouthed little demagogues, the ministers of this or that (I can’t quite remember … Read more Uri Avnery: The Settlers’ Prussia

Uri Avnery on Mahmoud Abbas

October 10, 2015                                                  Leader without Glory I FIRST met Mahmoud Abbas in Tunis at the beginning of 1983. I knew that he was responsible for the Israel desk in the PLO leadership. Said Hamami and Issam Sartawi, the PLO delegates with whom I had been in permanent contact since 1974, told me that he was in charge. But he was not present at my first … Read more Uri Avnery on Mahmoud Abbas

Avnery’s Lucid Assessment

Uri Avnery August 8, 2015 Divide et Impera BINYAMIN NETANYAHU is not known as a classical scholar, but even so he has adopted the Roman maxim Divide et Impera, divide and rule. The main (and perhaps only) goal of his policy is to extend the rule of Israel, as the “Nation-State of the Jewish People”, over all of Eretz Israel, the historical land of Palestine. This means ruling all … Read more Avnery’s Lucid Assessment

Battle over Free Speech for Artists and Writers in Israel

via the always excellent Arabic Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on JUNE 16, 2015 • ( 0 ) In mid-April, pots began banging over Parallel Time, a production for which the state froze Haifa-based al-Midan Theatre’s financing. The state also began an investigation into the theatre’s financing, and the Education Ministry effectively banned the play from schools, retracting the work’s eligibility for subsidized performances for students: This happened when the Palestinian play, which depicts the life of … Read more Battle over Free Speech for Artists and Writers in Israel

Avnery on Iran’s Theoretical Bomb

Uri Avnery April 4, 2015 Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb? I MUST start with a shocking confession: I am not afraid of the Iranian nuclear bomb. I know that this makes me an abnormal person, almost a freak. But what can I do? I am unable to work up fear, like a real Israeli. Try as I may, the Iranian bomb does not make me hysterical. MY … Read more Avnery on Iran’s Theoretical Bomb