Uri Avnery: On Ya’ir Golan & Avigdor Lieberman

May 21, 2016 I Was There “PLEASE DON’T write about Ya’ir Golan!” a friend begged me, “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him!” So I abstained for some weeks. But I can’t keep quiet any longer. General Ya’ir Golan, the deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, made a speech on Holocaust Memorial Day. Wearing his uniform, he read a prepared, well-considered text that triggered … Read more Uri Avnery: On Ya’ir Golan & Avigdor Lieberman

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

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?

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: The Pied Piper of Zion

January 30, 2016 HAMELIN, A small town in Germany (not so far from where I was born), was infested with rats. In their despair, the burghers called upon a rat-catcher and promised him a thousand guilders for liberating them from this plague. The rat-catcher took his pipe and played such a sweet melody that all the rats came out of their holes and joined him. He marched them to … Read more Uri Avnery: The Pied Piper of Zion

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 Reign of Absurdiocy

November 28, 2015 Writes Uri Avnery: There is no such thing as “international terrorism”. To declare war on “international terrorism” is nonsense. Politicians who do so are either fools or cynics, and probably both. Terrorism is a weapon. Like cannon. We would laugh at somebody who declares war on “international artillery”. A cannon belongs to an army, and serves the aims of that army. The cannon of one side … Read more Uri Avnery: The Reign of Absurdiocy

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