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Avnery in June 2006

Uri Avnery (Hebrew: אורי אבנרי, also transliterated Uri Avneri, 10 September 1923 – 20 August 2018) was an Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement.

Avnery was born as Helmut Ostermann in Beckum, Germany.[1]

Avnery was a member of the Irgun as a teenager, he sat in the Knesset from 1965 to 1974 and from 1979 to 1981.[2] He was also the owner of HaOlam HaZeh, an Israeli news magazine, from 1950 until it closed in 1993.[3]

He was famous for crossing the lines during the Siege of Beirut to meet Yassir Arafat on 3 July 1982, the first time the Palestinian leader ever met with an Israeli.[3] Avnery is the author of several books about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including 1948: A Soldier’s Tale, the Bloody Road to Jerusalem (2008); Israel’s Vicious Circle (2008); and My Friend, the Enemy (1986).

On 4 August 2018, Avnery suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in Tel Aviv in a critical condition.[4] He died on 20 August 2018 at the age of 94.[5]


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