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In Memoriam: Avi Davis (1958-2015)

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Avi Davis, president and founder of the American Freedom Alliance, passed away peacefully early Monday morning at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Davis suffered a heart attack 11 days ago while cycling. He was placed in an induced coma as doctors ran a series of tests to determine his brain function, but ultimately he was unable to recover. He leaves behind two sons, Mati and Amiad, both his parents, Betty and Jack, a sister Yvette, and brothers Yoni and Shimmi. He was just 57 years old.

Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon said: “Avi Davis was a good man. A fighter, a patriot, a man who understood the conservative movement first needs to win in the marketplace of ideas. The country lost a leader, Breitbart News lost a friend.”

Davis was well-versed and well-read as well as an avid biker, a world traveler and a deeply spiritual man with an enormous love for the U.S. and the State of Israel.  He believed passionately in the defense of Western Civilization against constant threats. In an article he co-wrote in June for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Davis said:

Instead of neglecting the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, it should serve as a reminder that the struggle of the individual against arbitrary power has been a long one and it is still not over. We are now halfway through the second decade of the twenty-first century and the forces of tyranny, slavery, despotism and state-ism are once again attempting to exert itself on the free peoples of the world. The English-speaking peoples have always been able to resist the external threats to their liberty, but now we have among us many who insist that freedom and human rights can only be achieved when the individual is subservient to the state. They profess that socialism — or a variant of it — will usher in a new age of freedom, liberty, and equality. On this anniversary it will do us good to remember the words of the Tocqueville when he warned us that, socialism “is a new form of servitude” and that “despotism often presents itself as the repairer of all the ills suffered, the supporter of just rights, defender of the oppressed, and founder of order. Peoples are lulled to sleep by the temporary prosperity it engenders, and when they wake up, they are wretched.”

Davis was born in Melbourne, Australia, but called America his home. He also had residences in Tzfat, Israel, and in Montana. He loved to visit both places, where he would complete much of his writing.

Avi was a loving, caring father, known for his generosity. He loved to welcome people into his home and took the time discuss issues close to his heart, including fighting the liberal hijacking of education, securing the State of Israel, and preventing the rise of radical Islam. He hosted countless Friday night Sabbath dinners at his home in West Los Angeles, which were open to people from a variety of backgrounds.

On his most recent birthday, September 3, Davis opened up about his life in a way he had not done before. His message was re-posted on the websie of Livnot U’Lehibanot, an organization devoted to Jewish education.

The funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 11:00 am at Home of Peace Cemetery, located at 4334 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023.

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