Malta Independent

Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery dies at 94


Uri Avnery, a trailblazi­ng Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinia­n state, has died. He was 94. Avnery passed away on Monday at a Tel Aviv hospital after suffering a stroke. For decades, he was a symbol of the Israeli peace camp, easily recognized by his thick white beard and white hair. A member of Israel’s founding generation, he fought in its war of independen­ce before becoming a publisher, member of parliament, author and activist. In the 1982 Lebanon War, he famously sneaked into besieged Beirut to talk to Israel’s then-nemesis, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat. Avnery challenged successive Israeli government­s in arguing that a Palestinia­n state was the only way to secure peace for a democratic Israel with a Jewish majority.

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