Uri Avnery obituary

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Journalist, politician and peace activist who called for cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians

Uri Avnery, who has died aged 94, was a journalist, politician and activist who became one of Israel’s earliest and most articulate advocates of cooperation with the Palestinians and the creation of a Palestinian state.

He began his adult political journey as a member of Irgun, an underground armed Zionist movement fighting the British and Palestine’s indigenous Arabs, but resigned in 1942 in revulsion at its terrorist methods. Later, after several years as a member of the Israeli parliament, he courted major controversy by crossing the front lines in Beirut during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and meeting Yasser Arafat, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

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