Uri Avnery: Beyond Retribution: "Towards a New Middle East"

The Brandeis Initiative in Intercommunal Coexistence is pleased to invite you to hear a giant of the Israeli peace movement, the journalist Uri Avnery. We are co-sponsoring this event with the Peace and Conflict Studies Program.

Thursday, October 11, 2001
7:30 P.M.
Golding Building Auditorium, Brandeis University

Uri Avnery is Israel's quintessential dove. He was born Helmut Ostermann in Germany in 1923 and his family emigrated to Palestine upon Hitler's rise to power ten years later. He fought the British colonial regime as a member of the Irgun from 1938 to 1942, when he quit in protest of its anti-Arab attitudes and terrorist methods. A veteran of the 1948 War,where he was severely wounded in action, Avnery was an early advocate of an independent Palestinian State. In 1974 he was the first Israeli Jew to establish contact with the PLO leadership and, in 1982, the first to meet with Yasser Arafat, crossing lines in besieged Beirut to conduct an interview. A founder of Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc), a steadfast Israeli peace organization, he is frequently on the frontlines of demonstrations against Israeli policies.

Avnery was a three-term member of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament)1965-69, 1969-73, 1979-81. A prolific writer and courageous journalist, he has challenged Jewish views for over half a century. For forty years he edited Haolam Hazeh, Israel's best-circulating magazine. His humor and irony are well known to all Israelis.

For more information, please contact the Brandeis Initiative in Intercommunnal Coexistence at x65001.