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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.

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

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. 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. He died on 20 August 2018 at the age of 94.



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