Uri Avnery is one of the best-known peace activists in Israel and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement. He has been involved in, and written about, all major events in Israel's history since its creation in 1948, and was the first Israeli to meet Yasser Arafat. This is a carefully selected collection of his articles from the last 10 years. Additionally, he has written a rigorous introduction that shows how peace can be achieved.
Avnery offers a unique perspective on the Middle-East conflict, drawing on his enormous experience of advocating Palestinian rights from within the system as a member of parliament and from outside as a peace activist. Written with passion and wit, his articles reveal and analyse the 'facts on the ground', always pointing out opportunities for reconciliation between the two sides and exposing those who exacerbate the conflict.
This book is a must-read for everyone who wants peace in the Middle East.
Uri Avnery (1923-2018) was one of the best known peace activists in Israel. He served in the Israeli military in the 1948 war and then set up a hugely popular anti-establishment magazine, Haolam Hazeh (This World), which forced the issue of Palestinian rights into the mainstream. He created a political party and, against all odds, won a seat in the Israeli parliament in 1965. For years he was the only member of parliament calling for negotiation with the Palestinians and was the first Israeli to meet with Yasser Arafat. In 1992 he founded the Gush Shalom peace movement, which takes part in direct action to improve the day-to-day lives of Palestinians and to end the occupation. He is the author of Israel's Vicious Circle (Pluto, 2008). Sara R. Powell is an activist, artist and writer. She is the editor of Israel's Vicious Circle (Pluto, 2008).
Foreword Introduction by Sara Powell, ed. 'Truth Against Truth' an introduction to the issues by Uri Avnery 1. In the Beginning--Avnery's Basis of Thought 2. Facts on the Ground, Devastation all Around 3. All Process, No Peace 4. Squaring the Circle: Palestinian and Israeli Resistance 5. Other Players, Other Wars--The Global Context 6. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Appendix: Complete list of Uri Avnery's articles for Gush Shalom Index