Uri Avnery: The Jumping Parliament

YEARS AGO, when I was a member of the Knesset, I decided to stage a demonstration in the plenum hall. I put on a T-shirt with the slogan “Peace is greater than Greater Eretz Israel”. In the middle of the debate I took my jacket off, displaying the slogan. After a few minutes, an usher approached me and said politely: “The Speaker would like to see you in his … Read more Uri Avnery: The Jumping Parliament

Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation:

‘Palestinian Literature and Film’ BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 15, 2018 • ( 0 ) ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a conversation between ArabLit’s editor and Prof. Joseph Farag, author of Palestinian Literature in Exile: Gender, Aesthetics and Resistance in the Short Story and faculty at the University of Minnesota.Farag spoke particularly about his course “Palestinian Literature and Film.” For want of space, this will include … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation:

Uri Avnery: Why I am Angry

January 6, 2018 I AM angry with the Mizrahi elite. Very angry indeed. Mizrah is the Hebrew word for East. Eastern Jews are those who lived for many centuries in the Islamic world. Western Jews are those who lived in Christian Europe. The words are, of course, misnomers. Russian Jews are “Westerners”, Moroccan Jews are “Easterners”. A look at the map shows that Russia is far to the East … Read more Uri Avnery: Why I am Angry

Uri Avnery:     Cry, Beloved Country

December 23, 2017 ANYONE PROPOSING the death penalty is either a complete fool, an incorrigible cynic or mentally disturbed – or all of these. There is no effective therapy for any of these defects. I wouldn’t even try. A fool would not understand the overwhelming evidence for the conclusion. For a cynic, advocacy of the death penalty is a proven votecatcher. A mentally disturbed person derives pleasure from the … Read more Uri Avnery:     Cry, Beloved Country

35 Years Later: Memory and Violence in Literary Sabras and Shatilas

 via MLYNXQUALEY  & the always excellent Arabi Literature (in English): on SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 • ( 0 )   It’s now been thirty-five years since the Sabra and Shatila massacres in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps. It is a site to which literature returns and returns; still attempting, if not to make sense, to make connections, to reformulate the questions. As every year, ArabLit revisits: Most of the literary representations of the … Read more 35 Years Later: Memory and Violence in Literary Sabras and Shatilas

Richard Falk on Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

Below, the opening paragraphs of  RICHARD FALK‘s recent article in Counterpunch concerning his tribulations after publishing a book on Palestine. The article then broadens into looking at the various ways in which pro-Israeli right-wing zionist orgs try (& often succeed) in shutting down any sensible discussion of the question of Palestine, although mentioning the rare occasion in which the US Senate  “recently overcame the polarized atmosphere in Washington to join … Read more Richard Falk on Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

  Uri Avnery: Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

  April 22, 2017 I HAVE a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti. I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace. Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), with open borders and … Read more   Uri Avnery: Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

More on Bret Stephens, the NYT’s New Hire: from Climate Denial to Racism

New New York Times hire Bret Stephens (cc photo: Christopher Michel) Outraged by the NYT hiring a straight-ahead climate denier (which at this point in the game is exactly as inane as hiring a flat-earthler as resident geography specialist) I posted on this & on our cancelling the NYT because of this a few days ago — oddly enough, this post has attracted more viewers than nearly all other … Read more More on Bret Stephens, the NYT’s New Hire: from Climate Denial to Racism

Forthcoming: ‘I Don’t Want This Poem to End,’ New Collection of Work by and About Mahmoud Darwish

BY MLYNXQUALEY on APRIL 18, 2017 • ( 1 ) Interlink Books recently added to their website a page for I Don’t Want This Poem to End: Early and Late Poems, by Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Mohammad Shaheen, with an introduction by Elias Khoury: According to the publisher: When the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish died in 2008, his friends visited his home and retrieved poems and writings some of which are … Read more Forthcoming: ‘I Don’t Want This Poem to End,’ New Collection of Work by and About Mahmoud Darwish

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