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A Lady With A Smile

For months now, Israel has been in the throes of a mini-intifada... [read more]

Weimar Revisited

Uri Avnery explains how the three main pillars of Israeli democracy - the courts, the media and the human rights organisations - are under threat from the political right. ... [read more]

Parliamentary Riffraff

When Adlai Stevenson ran for the presidency, he was told "Don't worry, every thinking person will vote for you." "But I need a majority," Stevenson famously replied.... [read more]

When God Despairs

God is shaking his head. These humans, He asks Himself, will they never learn... [read more]

Whoso Confesseth and Forsaketh

In the tumult of the last few days, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the "unification" of Jerusalem, one of the articles stated that "even peace-activist Uri Avnery" voted in the Knesset for the unification of the city.... [read more]

The Funeral Ruckus

Shimon Peres would have enjoyed it. A public battle about his funeral.... [read more]

Can the Duke become King?

On Monday, the 19th Knesset voted to dissolve itself, less than two years after its election... [read more]

Angel Face

Seeing her face on the TV screen, one is struck by her beauty. It is the face of an angel, pure and innocent... [read more]

A Curious National Home

The present Israeli government coalition consists of 67 (out of 120) members of the Knesset. Each member wants to be elected again (and again and again). In order to be reelected, he or she must attract the attention of the public. The simplest way is to propose a new law. A bill so outrageous, that the media cannot possibly ignore it.... [read more]

Half of Shas

The Shas party has split into two. Opinion polls show that both parts are hovering around the 3.12% threshold which is now necessary for entering the Knesset, after the minimum was raised by the last Knesset... [read more]

The Son of my Eyes

Ruvi Rivlin, who was recently elected to the high but largely ceremonial post, is far from being a leftist... [read more]

A move to the centre

Uri Avnery provides an analysis of the Israeli election results... [read more]

Who to vote for?

The Israeli elections will take place in three days, and they are boring, boring, boring writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

Mutiny on the Titanic

Uri Avnery reflects on recent events in Israel... [read more]

A Day and Night-mare

Binyamin Netanyahu seems to be detested now by everyone... [read more]

"There Are Still Judges…"

This week I won a dubious distinction: a groundbreaking Supreme Court judgment has been named after me. It is an honor I would have gladly dispensed with.... [read more]

For whom to Vote?

Uri Avnery discusses whom to vote for in the upcoming Israel elections... [read more]

Muhammad, Where Are You?

About a month ago, on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the government statistical office published a set of interesting items about the population of the state... [read more]

Captain Boycott Rides Again

It has always been a secret ambition of mine to have a Bagatz ruling bearing my name... [read more]

The Lesser Evil

Who will win the elections in the US in three days?... [read more]

The Other Gandhi

I had a visitor: General Rehavam Ze'evi, known by his nickname Gandhi, an extreme rightist, came to see me.... [read more]

My Terrorist, Your Terrorist

After World War I, when the victorious Great Powers carved up the Ottoman Empire between them, France insisted on the creation of a Christian Lebanese state under its stewardship... [read more]

A Bribery Case

When the State of Israel was founded, the new foreign minister, Moshe Sharett, did something that seemed quite natural. He sold his private apartment.... [read more]

Return, Return oh Shulamit

Dina Dinur, the wife of the Holocaust-writer K. Zetnik, called to invite me to meet Pete Seeger... [read more]

The Tunic of Nessus

In a few weeks, Israel will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Millions of words, most of them hollow, will be poured out. As usual.... [read more]

The Saga of Sisyphus

Shimon Peres was a genius. A genius of impersonation... [read more]

Lucky Bibi

Luck can be a great benefactor. It can also be the cause of catastrophes. I seem to remember that one of those evil Greek gods or goddesses destroyed their human victims by making them lucky.... [read more]

The Great Rift

The tragedy of present-day Israel is not that there are so many divisions, but that they all converge in one large rift.... [read more]

The Cats of Ariel

Every time you think we have reached the limit, something else pops up and the limit moves... [read more]

BDS, the New Enemy

For years now, Netanyahu has built his career on fear of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb... [read more]

The Messiah Hasn't Come

As the American saying goes: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life."... [read more]

The Speech

I was watching The Speech by Binyamin Netanyahu before the Congress of the United States. Row upon row of men in suits (and the occasional woman), jumping up and down, up and down, applauding wildly, shouting approval... [read more]

The Casino Republic

Money plays an ever-increasing role in politics. Election propaganda is made on television, which is very expensive... [read more]

The Unholy City

In its long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Uri Avnery's weekly article... [read more]

The Monster on the Hill

There is nothing better than a scandal every week. A juicy scandal excites people, engages the media, takes our minds off matters like war and peace, occupation and apartheid... [read more]

Manhunt

Uri Avnery, Israeli journalist and former Knesset member, writes about the abuse of African migrants in his country... [read more]

Anti-Semitism and Israel’s Inherent Contradictions

In a recent article, columnist Yaniv Halili described British author Ben White as 'anti-Semitic'. He also denounced Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi for writing a forward to White's latest book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

The Great Gamble

Uri Avnery assesses a critical moment in Israeli domestic politics.... [read more]

Abe, Izzy & Bibi

The whole thing could have been a huge practical joke, if it had not been real. All of Israel was taken in. Left, right and center. All the newspapers and TV networks, without exception.... [read more]

The Visitation

There were two Donald Trumps this week. One of them was touring the Middle East, being feted everywhere. The second was in Washington, where he was battered from all sides... [read more]

Confessions of a Megalomaniac

I was invited by Mahmood Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, to take part in joint Palestinian-Israeli consultations in advance of the international conference in Paris.... [read more]

The Call of the Mu'ezzin

So what is the situation of Israel's Arab citizens?... [read more]

"Us" and "Them"

Some days ago, Yitzhak Herzog said something especially obnoxious. He declared that his party is failing at elections because people believe that its members are "Arab lovers".... [read more]

Optimism of the Will

Optimistic? Today? When the Israeli peace camp is in deep despair? When home-grown fascism is raising its head and the government is leading us towards national suicide?... [read more]

A Lonely Lawyer

By now every Israeli has seen the TV clip several times - showing a 14-year old Arab girl being shot dead... [read more]

"Don't Talk Zionism!"

Decades ago in Israel, "Zionism” was a kind of joke among young people. "Don’t talk Zionism!" meant "Don’t talk highfaluting nonsense!"... [read more]

Isratin or Palestrael?

The inventors of the "One-State Solution" remind me of this genius. They have a wonderful idea. But there are a few questions left open... [read more]

National Unity

My first reaction after the election was: “Oh, no! Not a National Unity Government, please!... [read more]

Zionists All

The term Zionism can mean many different things. Like the term socialism, for example. Francois Hollande is a socialist. So was Joe Stalin. Any resemblance?... [read more]

The Plebiscite

Israelis are fed up with Binyamin Netanyahu. They are fed up with the government. They are fed up with all political parties. They are fed up with themselves. They are fed up... [read more]

Eyeless in Gaza

The trouble with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side... [read more]

Sisyphus Redeemed

If there is a God, he surely has a sense of humor. The career of Shimon Peres, who is about to finish his term as President of Israel, is clear evidence... [read more]

Patagonian Dreams

During his short visit to Israel, Pope Francis laid a wreath on the grave of Theodor Herzl, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

Self-Boycott

Can a country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.... [read more]

The Assassination

From the first moment, I did not have the slightest doubt that Yasser Arafat was assassinated... [read more]

The Judaization of Israel

On my 16th birthday, in 1939, I rushed to the district registration office of the Government of Palestine to change my name officially... [read more]

Killjoy Was Here

Journalist and former Knesset member, Uri Avnery, reviews Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at the United Nations... [read more]

Talking Zionism

Uri Avnery discusses the origins and the future of Zionism... [read more]

A Bird’s Eye View

Uri Avnery explains a principle that has long guided Zionists: 'accept every compromise that gives us what we can get at any stage, but never let the final aim out of our sight'... [read more]

Struggle over Iran: Tumultuous Israeli Politics Will Not Usher Peace

Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However, there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the Israeli political landscape could be of benefit to Palestinians, says Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Empty words from Israel?

Uri Avnery casts a close eye on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\'s threat of an attack against Iran... [read more]

The New Anti-Semitism

Uri Avnery, Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement, offers a warning from history as he examines a modern form of racism taking root across Europe.... [read more]

The Kangaroo

A year into his presidency, Barack Obama has achieved relatively little in the foreign policy sphere. Uri Avnery urges him to keep trying.... [read more]

Yes, You Can!

Barack Obama faces a historic challenge in the Middle East, as Uri Avnery explains.... [read more]

Washington Determined to Strike Iran

Washington sabre-rattling suggests the US will press ahead with its aggressive designs on Iran, regardless of the truth about the alleged threat posed by Iran, and regardless of the consequences. ... [read more]

Greetings for Diana Buttu

A few days ago, a not so well-known Palestinian woman received an unusual honor... [read more]

One, Two, Three – Rejoice!

I remember the first few Independence Days, just after the foundation of the State of Israel. There was spontaneous jubilation, we were all out in the streets, the celebration was real. This year's Independence Day was not a happy affair... [read more]

The Israeli Macron

When I was 10 years old, my family fled from Nazi Germany. We were fearful that the Gestapo was after us. Then our train crossed the bridge that separated Germany from France, and we heaved a deep sigh of relief.... [read more]

University of Terror

Some days ago, a man committed an act of terrorism in the center of London, a city I love.... [read more]

The National Riddle

Binyamin Netanyahu wants to have them under his control. Completely. Totally. Radio. Television. The social media. The lot.... [read more]

Perhaps the Messiah will Come

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.... [read more]

Anti-Semitic Zionists

Can Trump's assistants now include rabid Zionists and rabid anti-Semites at the same time?... [read more]

Remember Naboth

An incredible piece of legislation is now being debated in Jerusalem.... [read more]

The Arabs Did It

For eight months there was hardly a drop of rain. A strong, hot, east wind blew in from the desert. The land dried up. Any little spark could have started a major fire.... [read more]

The President Elect

We are entering an era of complete uncertainty. We Israelis and the entire world. From shoe-shine boy to head of state.... [read more]

The Israeli Trumpess

What will Donald Trump do if he loses the elections in a week and a half from now, as most polls indicate?... [read more]

Civil War

Something strange happens to retired chiefs of the Israeli internal Security Service, Shin Bet.... [read more]

The Day of the Rhinos

Position after position is taken over by the far-far right, which is ruling Israel now. Slowly. Very, very slowly.... [read more]

The Center Doesn't Hold

"The best lack all convictions, while the worst are full of passionate intensity!"... [read more]

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!"... [read more]

Squaring the Circle

This week, President Rivlin published a peace plan. That is not a usual act by a president, whose office is mainly ceremonial.... [read more]

The Case of Soldier A

A group of soldiers, supported by a major part of the political scene, has mutinied against their commanders. This is a major menace to the structure of the state, a challenge to what remains of our democracy.... [read more]

Holy Water

In the last few months Netanyahu has appointed new people to several of the most important government functions... [read more]

Palestine

Just to think of Palestine is evocative. From the lush orange orchards to the laden olive groves... [read more]

Adolf, Amin and Bibi

It is not very pleasant when serious people around the world – historians, psychiatrists, diplomats – ask themselves if my prime minister is completely sane... [read more]

Weep, Beloved Country

Sometimes, a small incident can pierce the darkness and reveal a frightening picture... [read more]

The Settlers' Prussia

Israeli democracy is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably... [read more]

The Molten Three

In 2009, the three leading ministers – Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman – decided that the time had come to attack Iran... [read more]

The Magician's Apprentice

One has to choose: Binyamin Netanyahu is either incredibly shrewd or incredibly foolish... [read more]

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.... [read more]

The Second Battle of Trafalgar

A mighty naval battle took place this week on the waves of the Mediterranean. It will go down in history as the equal of Salamis or Trafalgar... [read more]

Gaza: The hijacking of The Marianne by “The Pirates of the Mediterranean”

In the early hours of the morning of 29th June, three Israeli Navy ships intercepted and hijacked a Swedish flagged ship... [read more]

Who Will Save Israel

The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed ... [read more]

The War of Fools

A few days ago, Israeli TV Channel 10 broadcast an investigative story about the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, known as "Lebanon War II"... [read more]

Cats in a Sack

A fight is going on. A fight of all against all. A fight without rules or limits... [read more]

An Expensive Speech

Churchill famously said that democracy is the worst political system, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time... [read more]

Complicity of Dexia in very serious Human Rights violations in the Israeli occupied territories

Part 8 of the series 'The banks and the “Too Big to Jail” doctrine'... [read more]

Galant's Gallant Act

There used to be a joke about a sadist and a masochist... [read more]

Splendid Isolation

Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 3)

The third part of an 'Introduction' to an illustrated book of poetry by Faysal Mikdadi. The collection, Painted into a Corner, appeared in the summer of 2014... [read more]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 2)

The second part of an 'Introduction' to an illustrated book of poetry by Faysal Mikdadi. The collection, Painted into a Corner, appeared in the summer of 2014... [read more]

Wine, Blood and Gasoline

Kafr Kanna, a village near Nazareth, is probably the place where Jesus – according to the New Testament - turned water into wine. Now it is the Arab village where the Israeli police is turning stones into blood... [read more]

Decent Respect

Sweden, like Britain, was always considered a "pro-Israeli" country, loyally voting against "anti-Israel" resolutions in the UN. If such important Western nations are reconsidering their attitudes towards the policy of Israel, what does it mean?... [read more]

Two Speeches

If I could choose between the two rhetorical gladiators, I would rather have Mahmoud Abbas representing Israel and Netanyahu representing the other side... [read more]

Ah, If I Were 25

Recently, Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit has written an article in which he equally condemns “extreme rightists” and “extreme leftists”, those who advocate war and those who advocate peace... [read more]

Metro Gaza

Israeli journalist and former member of the Knesset, Uri Avnery, suggests a solution to the ongoing conflict in Gaza... [read more]

Once And For All!

In this war, both sides have the same aim: to put an end to the situation that existed before it started... [read more]

An Armed Ghetto

One side's terrorists are the other side’s freedom fighters. That is not simply a matter of terminology. It is a difference of perception, which has far-reaching practical consequences... [read more]

Good for the Jews?

The claim by Binyamin Netanyahu that he has a right to pick and choose the Palestinian government is rather astonishing, writes Uri Avnery ... [read more]

In Their Own Juice

According to press reports, President Barack Obama has decided to let Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas “stew in their own juice.”... [read more]

A National Hero

Just before Israel’s 66th Independence Day, the country acquired a new national hero, writes Uri Avnery... [read more]

A Shameful Chapter

How would the US react to a declaration that the Palestinians would not conduct negotiations with an Israeli government that includes semi-fascist parties?... [read more]

An Oslo Criminal

The death of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye.... [read more]

In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble.... [read more]

God Bless Putin

Binyamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west... [read more]

Three Women

This is a declaration of love. Three loves, actually... [read more]

The Imperator

In the middle of the 70s, Ariel Sharon asked me to arrange something for him - a meeting with Yasser Arafat... [read more]

“Ich bin ein Bil’iner!”

This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has NOT been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. ... [read more]

Poisoning Arafat

Uri Avnery asks whether the late Palestinian Prime Minister, Yasser Arafat, was assassinated by Ariel Sharon... [read more]

A Putsch Against War

Uri Avnery reveals that in Israel senior military officers and intelligence chiefs are speaking out against President Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for war with Iran. However, Netanyahu ignores their warnings and carries on regardless... [read more]

The New Mandela

Uri Avnery writes about the determination of the Israeli state to keep Marwan Barghouti, Palestine's Mandela, behind bars... [read more]

All Quiet on the Southern Front

Uri Avnery comments on the rationale behind Israel's latest bombing of the Gaza strip... [read more]

Hurrah for Egypt!

Uri Avnery has warm words for the new democratically elected Egyptian parliament... [read more]

The Blockbusters

Uri Avnery shows how the differences that exist between the different cultural blocs in Israeli society are a barrier to peace ... [read more]

The Stolen War

Uri Avnery shows how Hamas' decision to make peace with Israel scuppers plans for war... [read more]

Shukran, Israel

If Islamist movements come to power all over the region, they should express their debt of gratitude to their bête noire, Israel, states Uri Avnery ... [read more]

The King's speech

Uri Avnery discusses the implications of a parliamentary bill that would seek to push the Palestinian population out of the West Bank and into Jordan... [read more]

''You are fed up with him?''

Uri Avnery gives his opinion on a recent leaked conversation between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy... [read more]

Everybody\'s son

Uri Avnery comments on the recent Israel-Palestine prisoner swap and the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit... [read more]

The More Enemies, The More Honor

Uri Avnery reflects upon Israel\'s faltering relations with its allies.... [read more]

'Social justice' requires ending Israeli apartheid

Sarah Carlson looks at the growing social protest movement in Israel and discusses the need for the Israeli working class to combat not only the economic policies of their government but also its colonialist policies.... [read more]

The Return of the Generals

Uri Avnery discusses how a recent resurgence of hostilities between Islamic militants and the Israeli army could undermine a growing social protest movement within Israel, playing right into Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s hands.... [read more]

Such is the Peace Process: Obama as a Salesman

Ramzy Baroud reflects on the mood of pessimism emanating from the latest round of peace talks in the Middle East.... [read more]

Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Righting a Perpetual Wrong

Like Palestinian refugees elsewhere, Lebanon's Palestinian exiles are treated as second class citizens, writes Ramzy Baroud. ... [read more]

“…And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

Barack Obama has weakly capitulated to Binyamin Netanyahu over Israeli settlement-building in the heart of the Arab community in East Jerusalem, says Uri Avnery.... [read more]

US Audacity of Hope Falters: Settlement Freeze No Longer Required

The Obama administration's policy on Israel-Palestine is looking increasingly indistinguishable from that of the Bush years, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [read more]

Lover of the Country

Uri Avnery remembers a writer and activist who devoted his life to challenging the militarism of the Israeli state.... [read more]

Matter of the Heart

Uri Avnery looks back over the first 100 days of Binyamin Netanyahu's second term as Israeli Prime Minister.... [read more]

The Tone and the Music

While Obama proclaims the 21st century, the government of Israel is returning to the 19th, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

Who's the Boss?

After a tumultuous few weeks in Israeli politics, Uri Avnery examines the worrying rhetoric emanating from the new administration.... [read more]

Interview: Ilan Pappe talks to London Progressive Journal

Tomasz Pierscionek spoke with prominent Israeli academic and activist Ilan Pappe.... [read more]

Israeli Elections: Hardliners Set to Form New Coaltion

Christopher Vasey examines the potential ramifications of the recent Israeli election results.... [read more]