Israelis, Palestinians pay respects to late peace activist

Published August 23, 2018, 9:14 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By the Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Israeli opposition leaders and Palestinian officials are paying their respects to late Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery, who died this week at age 94.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2002 file photo, Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery, left, sits with Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  Avnery, a trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state, has died aged 94, in Tel Aviv after suffering a stroke Monday Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File/MANILA BULLETIN)
FILE – In this Wednesday, May 8, 2002 file photo, Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery, left, sits with Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Avnery, a trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state, has died aged 94, in Tel Aviv after suffering a stroke Monday Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File/MANILA BULLETIN)
Dozens of people, including a delegation of Palestinian officials, attended a memorial for Avnery on Wednesday in Tel Aviv.

Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, says he came to “remember a great man of peace,” and that the “commitment to peace is still alive because there are people in Israel like Uri Avnery.”

Avnery, a member of Israel’s founding generation, was a symbol of Israel’s peace camp for decades and championed the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a journalist, he famously sneaked into besieged Beirut during the 1982 Lebanon War to talk to Israel’s then-nemesis, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat.

 
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