The Saga of Sisyphus: Avnery on Peres

 [Uri Avnery posted this piece on Shimon Peres on September 24, 2016, thus 2 days before Peres died. I reproduce it here because I think it is a more accurate evaluation of  Peres than the various obits that have appeared since last night.]         SHIMON PERES is a genius. A genius of impersonation. All his life he has worked on his public persona. The image replaced the man. … Read more The Saga of Sisyphus: Avnery on Peres

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

Uri Avnery: The Orange Man

July 30, 2016 SO HERE we are. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president.  “Our”? I am not a US citizen, and have no desire to be one. But I live in a world in which the USA is the sole superpower, in which every decision of the US administration has an impact on the lives of every human being. FOR ME AS a citizen … Read more Uri Avnery: The Orange Man

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