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Missing Uri Avnery, a Warrior for Peace. If Only We Had Listened to You More

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Three years ago, we lost Uri Avnery, an indefatigable fighter for peace and against the perpetual state of war in which we are mired for our own comfort.

As an Israeli, Yom Kippur is always linked in my mind to the 1973 Yom Kippur War – a monument to hubris that we built with 2,222 slain soldiers, thousands of wounded and still others who bear the emotional scars to this day. All of them were sacrificed to the Molech of retaining the Sinai Peninsula, and I remember how Avnery, in his criticism of that war, contributed to shaping my worldview. And I remember how badly this warrior is missed.

He was born in Germany with the name Helmut Ostermann, and at age 10, he fled with his family to what was then called Palestine. He changed his name several times before settling on Uri.

He joined the Irgun, a pre-state underground, but left in 1941 to protest the organization’s common practice of massacring Palestinians. Avnery began developing ideas close to those........

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