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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]

The Great Day

Two days ago, the State of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday. For days we heard about nothing else. Innumerable speeches full of platitudes. A huge festival of kitsch.... [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]

President Kong

The real sad fact is that in every single speech since the inauguration, the main theme – indeed, almost the only theme - of President Donald Trump is I – I – I.... [read more]

Israel: International Anger Mounts

“The situation involving Palestine 
and Israel is an undeclared war, in which the aggressor, Israel, has 
destroyed the Palestinian economy, robbed people of their land, 
unilaterally changed borders, and unilaterally built a wall of exclusion 
to keep Palestinians out of their land... [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]

Scoundrel with Permission

Uri Avnery on how a spate of brutal murders by recent Jewish immigrants to Israel has focused attention on the country's controversial Law of Return.... [read more]

Olympic Jews?

The scene at Ben-Gurion airport this week was rather astonishing.... [read more]

The Shot Heard All Over the Country

Now the army, the last bulwark of national unity, is being torn apart... [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]

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]

The Watch on the Jordan

The Arab world is in turmoil. Syria and Iraq are breaking apart, the thousand-year old conflict between Muslim Sunnis and Muslim Shiites is reaching a new climax... [read more]

Manhunt

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

A Very Intelligent Person

Would I vote for Barak in spite of his record?... [read more]

The Day of Shame

I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip?... [read more]

That's How It Happened

When everybody on both sides was exhausted, the war ended with a set of armistices, which defined the recognized borders of Israel... [read more]

The Call of the Mu'ezzin

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

The Future belongs to the Optimists

Despair is easy. It is also comfortable, whether in Berlin or Tel Aviv. Looking around at this moment, despair is also logical. But despair corrupts. Despairing people create nothing, and never did... [read more]

Hatred Unlimited

Absent all chances for a serious effort for peace, hatred will just grow and grow, until it engulfs us all... [read more]

Fear of Assimilation

The Israeli Ministry of Education has struck a book from students' reading list. The cardinal sin was the plot: a love story between a Jewish girl and an Arab boy... [read more]

The Settlers' Prussia

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

A Boy Called Bibi

There are two different opinions about Binyamin Netanyahu. It is difficult to believe that they concern the same person... [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]

Son of Death

The war was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.... [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]

Three Women

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

A move to the centre

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

A Different War in Gaza, and the War Ahead

Ramzy Baroud writes, in life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigour in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war in 2008-9?... [read more]

Waiting for False Prophets: The Puzzling Matter of the Israeli Liberals

Regardless of who may rule Israel, little change ever occurs in the country’s foreign policy, writes 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]

One Holy Land United With Liberty and Justice for All

The absurd mythology of Zionism cannot hold firm forever, writes Ahmed Amr.... [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]

Ahmadinejad Re-elected: Israel and Obama’s Iran Puzzle

The crisis in Iran presents a singular challenge to Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Princely Visits

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, visited Israel this week.... [read more]

Draft Dodger in Chief Dodges “Historic” Opening of US Embassy, Jerusalem

It was NBC’s Cal Parry who summed up the obscenity of Donald Trump’s ignorant and igniting decision to move the US Embassy to West Jerusalem... [read more]

Pity the Almond Tree

The prime minister has been officially accused by the police on two counts of bribery... [read more]

The Jumping Parliament

Years ago, when I was a member of the Knesset, I decided to stage a demonstration in the plenum hall.... [read more]

Why I am Angry

In today's Israel, the antagonism between Mizrahim and Ashkenazim is growing stronger from year to year, with vast political and social repercussions... [read more]

Children of Stones

It was in May, 1939. The British rulers of Palestine had just published a White Paper, putting the dampers on our Zionist vision. The world war was drawing close, and the British Empire needed the support of the Arab world.... [read more]

A Terrible Thought

Suddenly, A terrible thought struck me. What if Avi Gabbay really believes what he is saying?... [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 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]

Palestine's Nelson Mandela

Divide et impera – "divide and rule" – since Roman times this has been a guiding principle of every regime that suppresses another people. In this the Israeli authorities have been incredibly successful.... [read more]

The Invisible Diasporan (Part 1)

Mallards Cottage was where I wrote my first novel. I called it The Return. I used to dream most of its events – the very plot was born of a dream on Christmas Eve of 1976... [read more]

Anti-Semitic Zionists

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

The Funeral Ruckus

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

The Kissinger Story

Kissinger achieved his goal. The Soviets lost the Arab world to the United States. Until Vladimir Putin came along... [read more]

The Great Railway Scandal

I am not the envious type, but I envy the Germans. I envy them for Angela Merkel... [read more]

The Second Coming?

Suddenly, a familiar face, almost forgotten, appeared on the TV screen... [read more]

A Document with a Mission

When David Ben-Gurion read out Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948, I was in Kibbutz Hulda.... [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]

“Conflict Issues” In Israel and Palestine: Debate in Committee Room G, British Houses of Parliament

Sitting in Committee Room G in the Houses of Parliament on 23rd October was a sobering affair... [read more]

Nasser and I

Forty five years ago Gamal Abd-al-Nasser died at the early age of 52. It continues to have a huge influence on the present, and probably will on the future... [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]

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 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]

War Crimes? Us???

The concept of "war crimes" is dubious. The biggest crime is starting the war in the first place... [read more]

BDS, the New Enemy

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

The Real Naqba

Three weeks ago was Naqba Day – the day on which Palestinians inside and outside Israel commemorate their "catastrophe... [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]

National Unity

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

Pakistan government shames itself over Israeli drone connection… no friend to Gazans

Last year July 2014, Mansoor Jaffar, a senior journalist for Al Arabiya, wrote a scathing article critcizing Pakistan for its “zombie-like response" to the Gaza killings... [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]

Waving in the first Row

Netanyahu went to Paris as part of his election campaign... [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]

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]

The Pen Trumps the Sword Anytime (Part 4)

The fourth 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 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 1)

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

God Wills It!

For six decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don't make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces ... [read more]

Gaza: Middle East “Peace Envoy” Tony Blair Parties as Gaza Burns

The Fourth Geneva Convention is specific in prohibiting attacks on civilian hospitals, medical transport and of course designates collective punishment a war crime... [read more]

Israel slates Gaza for fighting back but why the double standards on “resistance”?

The Palestinians of Gaza consider themselves to be living within “occupied territory”, a fact recognised by the United Nations Human Rights Council and Human Rights Watch due to the fact that Israel maintains control of Gaza’s airspace, waters and borders... [read more]

Iraq: US and Israel Plan Destruction of the Nation State

The Yinon plan is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states... [read more]

The Atrocity

Bombs are raining on Gaza and rockets on Southern Israel, people are dying and homes are being destroyed... [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]

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]

The Auschwitz Volunteer

Andrew Balcerzak tells the story of a daring Polish army officer who entered Auschwitz on a mission to reveal the horrors of the Nazi genocide... [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]

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]

Self-Boycott

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

It’s like Déjà-Vu All Over Again

The Israeli-US rhetoric towards Iran is more than just hollow threats. History shows us why Iran is next in the firing line, and why an invasion just might be inevitable. ... [read more]

Netanyahu’s High-stakes Game in Gaza: Same Time, Same Place

Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested some, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Turkey’s Policies at a Crossroads: From Zero-Problems to a Heap of Trouble

It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the ‘Zero Problems with Neighbours’ notion, once the foreign policy centrepiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is all but a romantic notion of no use in realpolitik, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [read more]

Condemnation partly motivated by hindsight

The condemnation of past behaviours has become fashionable. It is partly motivated by hindsight. It is also partly motivated by sheer outrage, as any decent and humane person cannot help but be outraged by man's often barbaric treatment of other human beings, writes Elizabeth Ellis.... [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]

What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians

Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, is a unifying figure among Palestinians, last week he called on Palestinians to launch a “large-scale popular resistance” which would “serve the cause of our people,” writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

BDS: Power of the People at Work

The recent University of Pennsylvania BDS conference, organized by student group, PennBDS, was the latest example to illustrate both the effectiveness of the global movement and also of the real worry felt by supporters of Israel in the US, writes Ramzy Baroud.... [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]

No2VAG's request falls on deaf ears

No2VAG has a legitimate right to be heard by the NLWA, as Ellen Graubart explains. The campaign group has requested a hearing at the Authority's meetings, and three times the group has been refused.... [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]

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]

“Hold Me Back!”

The idea that Iran would risk certain annihilation by attacking Israel is ludicrous, writes Uri Avnery.... [read more]

The Lobby Within

A just and peaceful solution to the protracted Palestinian-Israeli conflict will only be possible when the US ceases to block every move made towards it, argues Ramzy Baroud. ... [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]

Gaza and the Language of Power

The Israeli assault on Gaza his slipped off the radar of mainstream news coverage, as Ramzy Baroud explains.... [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]