Uri Avnery (Israel’s peace movement Gush Shalom) on Israel’s Days of Shame

Editor's note: From Tel Aviv,  Uri Avnery, leader of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom, has been a voice of sanity for many decades. Uri Avnery

May 19, 2018


The Day of Shame


ON BLOODY MONDAY this past week, when the number of Palestinian killed and wounded was rising by the hour, I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip?  

My answer was, without hesitation: I would have stood near the border fence and demonstrated, risking my life and limbs every minute.  

How am I so sure? 


Simple: I did the same when I was 15.  

I was a member of the National Military Organization (the "Irgun"), an armed underground group labeled "terrorist".

Eyeless in Gaza

{Editor's Note: Uri Avnery is the leader of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom. Hundreds more were wounded today. Please send it out to everyone you know, also send it on Facebook and all social media, and post it on your website!--Rabbi Michael Lerner}

Uri Avnery
April 14, 2018 Eyeless in Gaza

WRITE DOWN: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.We don't belong to the same army, or to the same state. We hardly belong to the same human race. IS MY government committing "war crimes" along the border of the Gaza Strip?

Thinking about Israel’s Murdered Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by Uri Avnery

It was in the 1950s. The war between David Ben-Gurion and Ha’olam Hazeh,” the weekly magazine of which I was the editor, reached its peak. One day I went to swim at the Galei Gil pool at the entrance to Ramat Gan, and ran into Ezer Weizman, the commander of the Israeli Air Force. We both loved to joke around. We stood around and laughed and then Yitzhak Rabin came up to us.

Uri Avnery Calls out “An Authentic Jewish Fascist”

(Editor's Note: Tikkun does not have enough staff to verify claims made by our authors on our website. So we have to trust the research done by our writers. In the case of Uri Avnery, the leader of the Jewish peace movement organization Gush Shalom,  I do not know of any claims he made on our website that have ever turned out to be false, but since we know nothing of Smotrich, never even heard of him, we cannot verify Avnery's claims.)


From Uri Avnery, Tel Aviv, 1 Tishrey, 5778

Recently Smotrich gave a speech to his followers, which he intended to be a national event, the turning of a page in Jewish history. He was gracious enough to mention me in this monumental message. He said that after the 1948 war, in which the State of Israel was founded, Uri Avnery and a small band of followers created the ideology of "two states for two peoples", and by patient work over many years succeeded in turning this idea into a national consensus, indeed into an axiom.

Israel Freak Out About Hebron

Editor's note: Uri Avnery is chair of the Israeli Peace Movement GUSH SHALOM and a frequent contributor to Tikkun. Abe, Izzy & Bibi

15/07/17by Uri Avnery

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.

Uri Avnery and Adam Keller–Report from the Israeli Peace Movement Gush Shalom

In this article, originally published on Gush Shalom, Uri Avnery begins to move closer to our worldview–that peace can better be secured through generosity of spirit than through military domination. That’s why we advocate in the U.S. for a Global Marshall Plan as a partial embodiment of the strategy of generosity, and we think the same approach could secure Israel’s security far more powerfully than any military technology. Read our Global Marshall Plan, endorsed by Congressman Keith Ellision, one of Bernie Sanders’ appointees to the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee who in this past February came within a few votes of becoming the national chair of the Democratic National Committee and is now one of its vice-chairs.  www.tikkun.org/gmp (download the full version there). And Adam Keller gives you a personal reflection on his decades as an Israeli peace activist. —  Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor Tikkun Magazine rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com




Eyeless in Gaza

by Uri Avnery


I HAVE a unique confession to make: I like Gaza.

Uri Avnery on The Right Wing Takeover of Israeli Institutions

I recently mentioned the German word Gleichschaltung – one of the most typical words in the Nazi vocabulary.

"Gleich" means "the same", and "Schaltung" means "wiring". The long German word means that everything in the state is wired up the same way – the Nazi way.

This was an essential part of the Nazi transformation of Germany. But it did not happen in any dramatic way. The replacement of people was slow, almost imperceptible. In the end, all important positions in the country were manned by Nazi functionaries.

Destroying the Remaining Decency in the Israeli Army by Uri Avnerygues

                                                                                                                                                                                       Uri Avnery

April 9, 2015


                                                The Case of Soldier A

IT SEEMS that everything possible has already been said, written, proclaimed, asserted and denied about the incident that is rocking Israel.  
Everything except the main point.  
THE INCIDENT revolves around "the Soldier of Hebron". Military censorship does not allow him to be called by his name. He may be called "Soldier A".

Oriental (Mizrachi) Israelis and the Coming Israeli Elections

Uri Avnery on Oriental Jews in Israel and The Coming Elections


January 10, 2015

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. Many people in Israel would be glad if both parts do not make it, and Shas would disappear once and for all from our political landscape. Not I.


SHAS IS the party of oriental orthodox Jewish Israelis. It is debatable whether it is foremost orthodox or foremost oriental.

Poisoning Arafat

For me, there was no surprise. From the very first day, I was convinced that Yasser Arafat had been poisoned by Ariel Sharon. I even wrote about it several times.

The War of Lies

Thirty years ago this week, the Israeli army crossed into Lebanon and started the most stupid war in Israel’s history. It lasted for 18 years. About 1500 Israeli soldiers and untold numbers of Lebanese and Palestinians were killed.