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Ramzy Baroud is the Managing Editor of Middle East Eye. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto Press, London). He is a Ph.D. scholar at the University of Exeter's European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS).
The Ghost of Herut: Einstein on Israel, 70 Years Ago
If Einstein was alive today, he would have joined the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, which aims at holding Israel accountable for its violent and illegal practices against Palestinians. 70 years after Israel's independence and Einstein's letter, the country's legacy is still marred with blood and violence. Despite the ongoing party in Tel Aviv, there is no reason to celebrate and every reason to mourn.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018(1 comments)
Media Cover-up: Shielding Israel a Matter of Policy
Media spin will continue to provide Israel with the needed margins to carry out its violent policies against the Palestinian people, with no moral accountability. The current disgraceful coverage of Gaza's popular protests indicates that the media's position aims at suppressing the truth on Palestine, at any cost and by any means.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine
Gaza is being suffocated. Israel's decade-long blockade, combined with Arab neglect and a prolonged feud between Palestinian factions, have all served to drive Palestinians to the brink of starvation and political despair. Something has to give. This is about the people finding expression outside the confines of factional interests; a new strategy. This time, the world must listen.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018(1 comments)
Rim Banna and the Cultural War that Palestinians Must Win
Music unites Palestinians when politicians fail. In fact, while for years the collective calls for "Palestinian unity" has gone unheeded, Palestinian music has continued to bring Palestinians closer. Deep-rooted Palestinian culture is what makes Palestinians who they are, a people with a unique and lucid identity, despite 70 years of exile, ethnic cleansing, sieges, numerous borders and wanton killings.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018(1 comments)
The Last "Peace Process" Warrior: Abbas Hanging by a Thread
Abbas is not necessarily angry because the U.S. has betrayed its role in the "peace process." He is angry because he has, for years, perceived himself as a member in the American camp of "moderates" in the Middle East. Now, however, he matters not. The U.S. government is notorious for betraying its allies.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018(1 comments)
Will Israeli policies change if Netanyahu leaves office?
Regardless of Netanyahu's political future, Israeli policies towards Palestinians will remain unchanged, leaving Palestinians with the urgent responsibility of developing their own unified political strategy to counter the Israeli Occupation, human rights violations, and illegal Jewish settlements.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Ahed's Generation: Why the Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual Oppression
Ahed and Mohammed Tamimi, along with hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children and teenagers, were born into this violent reality, and feel trapped.
Their collective imprisonment is not only as a result of the perpetual military occupation of their land by Israel, but also by the fact that their leadership has orbited far away from Nabi Saleh and its tiny, struggling but brave population.
More Than a Fight over Couscous: Why the Palestinian Narrative Must Be Embraced
In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist -- nor is it allowed to exist -- even if merely as a cultural conception. Israel fears a Palestinian narrative because the Israeli government understands, and rightly so, that it is the collective Palestinian narrative that has compelled resistance, in all of its forms for over 70 years.
Thursday, February 15, 2018(3 comments)
The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost
Not only is Israel losing its support and overall appeal among large sections of American society, but among young American Jews, as well -- a particularity worrying phenomena for the Israeli government. The trend promises to be a lasting one, since it has been in the making for years, starting some time after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Saturday, February 10, 2018(2 comments)
Foreign Policy for Sale: Greece's Dangerous Alliance with Israel
Tsipras, now a Prime Minister, transformed his political discourse, and gradually adopted one that that is more consistent with the very neoliberal policies that pushed his country to its knees in the first place. Syriza sold out, not only politically and ideologically, but in an actual physical sense as well.
Saturday, February 3, 2018(2 comments)
"Whitewashing" Genocide in Myanmar
Billions of US dollars of foreign direct investments have already been channeled into Myanmar and six billion US dollars more are also expected to enter the country in 2018. That, too, is a great act of moral failing on the part of many countries in Asia, the West and the rest of the world. Myanmar should not be rewarded with massive largesse of foreign investments, while whole communities are being killed, or maimed.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Trials of Africa and the Real Dr. King They Want Us to Forget
If Dr. King was alive, he would certainly place the refugees as a top priority in his "revolution of values." Africa in particular, is being robbed. Tens of billions of dollars are being siphoned out of the continent, while Black men and women are being sold for slavery, in Libya and elsewhere. 50 years after his assassination, maybe it is time to truly listen.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018(1 comments)
In words and deeds: the genesis of Israeli violence
Israel's violent birth in 1947-48 was the culmination of the violent discourse that preceded it for many years. It was the time when Zionist teachings of prior years were put into practice and the outcome was simply horrifying.
Thursday, January 11, 2018(1 comments)
Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa
The old colonial "Scramble for Africa" is being reinvented by global powers that fully fathom the extent of the untapped economic largesse of the continent. While China, India and Russia are each developing a unique approach to wooing Africa, the US is invested mostly in the military option, which promises to inflict untold harm and destabilize many nations.
Thursday, January 4, 2018(2 comments)
"Race Law" Takes Jerusalem a Step Closer to Being a Jewish-Only City
News agencies reported that Israel agreed to shelf a popular bill "under US pressure." But that "pressure" only aimed at giving President Donald Trump the needed time to formulate his own strategy and make the troubling announcement. Since then, many Palestinians were killed, hundreds wounded and more detained as Palestinians and their allies around the world displayed outrage by the US decision.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017(1 comments)
Year in Review: Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy?
If the Palestinian leadership fails to transition itself into a new role, it is likely to find itself in direct confrontation with the Palestinian people, who are ready to move on into a whole new type of struggle; one that is not beholden to the farce of a "two-state solution," which was never truly on the agenda to begin with.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Whitewashing: The Media's Two Narratives on Terrorism
When President Trump is constantly tweeting anti-Muslim propaganda, while his administration exploits every opportunity to advance anti-immigrant initiatives, the beleaguered small community of Muslims in the US can do little to stop the rising tide of Islamophobia.
Friday, December 15, 2017(1 comments)
Palestine: It Is Time for a New Beginning
What Trump has done will have terrible consequences on the region for years to come. But one of the early outcomes is that it exposed the peace process as a complete charade and the US role for what it is, neither honest nor fair. But it should also expose the Palestinian leadership, for all of its failings and corruption. It is time for a new beginning.
"Say the Word": What the Rohingya Struggle is Really About
Since August, over 650,000 members of the Rohingya community have been driven out of their homeland in Burma by a joint and systematic operation involving the military, the police and various Buddhist nationalist groups. They call it "Clearance Operations." Thousands of Rohingya have been killed in this grave act of genocide, some in most abhorrent and inhumane ways imaginable.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
70 Years of Broken Promises, The Untold Story of Israel's Partition Plan
A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a "just solution" to the conflict, as is often propagated.
Thursday, November 16, 2017(1 comments)
The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel is Not Just an Israeli Issue
Corruption in Israeli society has become particularly endemic after the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in 1967. The idea that ordinary Israelis can move into a Palestinian house, evict the family, claim the house as their own, with the full support of the military, the government and the court, exemplifies moral corruption to the highest degree.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
"Creeping Annexation": Why Israel Shelved the "Greater Jerusalem Law"
While paying lip service to peace, Netanyahu has no intentions of allowing a Palestinian state to ever take shape, and is tactically working to ensure a complete physical partition between East Jerusalem and the West Bank, while, simultaneously linking major settlement blocs to Jerusalem.
Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians
For the Hamas-Fatah unity to become a true national unity, priorities would have to change entirely, where the interest of the Palestinian people -- all of them, everywhere -- would, once more, become paramount, above the interests of a faction or two, seeking limited legitimacy, fake sovereignty and American handouts.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017(2 comments)
The Real Reason behind Trump's Angry Diplomacy in North Korea
It is ironic that, while the US threatens to "totally destroy North Korea," it is the Chinese government that is using sensible language, calling for de-escalation and citing international law. Not only did fortunes change, but roles as well. China, which for many years was depicted as a rogue state, now seems like the cornerstone of stability in Asia.
The Fight Ahead: 13 Questions about the Origins, Objectives and War on BDS
Several wars have been waged against Palestinians, especially in Gaza, killing thousands and maiming thousands more. With no serious pressure on Israel, thanks to US backing of Israel at the UN, not a single Israeli was ever held accountable for what was repeatedly recognized by UN investigators as war crimes against Palestinians.
Thursday, September 28, 2017(1 comments)
Spot the Difference: Trump and Obama, in Their Own Words
Despite the vastly different style -- Trump's confrontational approach compared with Obama's composed attitude -- their words promise "more of the same." The nature of the rhetoric in Donald Trump's first speech at the United Nations General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threat to "totally destroy North Korea" was consistent with his overall style and previous warnings.
Three Years after the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out
The war left Gaza in ruins, as over 17,000 homes were completely destroyed, and thousands of other structures, including hospitals, schools and factories destroyed or severely damaged. The war fully shattered whatever semblance of economy the Strip had had. Today, 80 percent of all Palestinians in Gaza live below the poverty line, the majority of whom are dependent on humanitarian aid.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017(1 comments)
The Terror Next Time: The Daesh Story Is Not Ending
Daesh is finally being routed, in most violent and decisive methods. Without understanding and confronting the reasons behind the rise of Daesh, one is certain that the fall of Daesh will spawn yet another group with an equally nefarious, despairing and violent vision.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017(3 comments)
Nuclear Apocalypse: Trump and Kim Should Not Hold the World Hostage
Both Trump and Kim are dubious figures, driven by fragile egos and unsound judgement. Yet, they are both in a position that, if not reigned in soon, could threaten global security and the lives of millions. The problem is far greater than two unhinged leaders. There are seven other countries that possess nuclear weapons. They are Russia, India, Pakistan, Israel, China and France.
Thursday, August 17, 2017(1 comments)
Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender 116 Times
The epicenter of the ongoing fight is the village of Al-Araqeeb. Not only has Israel destroyed Al-Araqeeb numerous times in violation of international law, it actually delivers a bill to the homeless residents expecting them to cover the cost of the very ruins wrought by the Israeli state.
Saturday, August 12, 2017(4 comments)
"The Palestine Exception": War on BDS is now a War on American Democracy
Washington is now leading the fight, thus legitimizing the anti-democratic behavior of individual states. If the efforts of the US government are successful, an already struggling US democracy will take yet another step back, and many good people could potentially be punished for behaving in accordance with their political and moral values.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment
For 50 years, Jerusalem has endured daily battles. The Israelis fought to expand their influence in the city, increase the number of illegal Jewish settlers and cut off Jerusalem from the rest of the Palestinian Territories; while Palestinians, Muslim and Christians alike, fought back.Al-Aqsa compound -- also known as Haram Al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary -- is the most symbolic element in the fight.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Gaza: The curse of Mohammed Dahlan
Dahlan, who had once been praised by George W Bush and was chosen by neoconservatives to lead a coup against the elected Hamas government in Gaza in 2007, seems to have finally managed to sneak his way back to Palestinian politics. Outrageously, however, Dahlan's ominous return is facilitated by no other group than his archenemy, Hamas.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017(1 comments)
Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War?
The Israeli government has made it clear to the US that it is displeased with the ceasefire agreement, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been leading strong efforts to undermine the ceasefire. Netanyahu's worst fears are, perhaps, actualizing: a solution in Syria that would allow for a permanent Iranian and Hezbollah presence in the country.
Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims
Anti-Arab and Muslim sentiments in the US have been around for generations, but it has risen sharply in the last two decades. Arabs and Muslims have become an easy scapegoat for all of America's failed wars and counter-violence. Blaming Muslims for the decline of the American empire is as ineffective as it is dishonest.
Thursday, July 6, 2017(1 comments)
"The World is (Not) Flat": "Trumpism" is a Symptom of Decades-long Imperial Arrogance
This chaos will continue to bode badly for the Arab world and Middle East region, in particular. Since Bush's disastrous war in Iraq, Obama's "pivot to Asia" and the onset of the current turmoil, the region has been in flames. Unable to offer a courageous diagnosis of the violence, the Trump administration is parroting the same old jingoism of defeating "Islamic terrorism."
Friday, June 30, 2017
Pushing Gaza to Suicide: The Politics of Humiliation
Between Israel's dismissal of international calls to end the siege and Palestinians' pathetic power game, Gazans are left alone, unable to move freely or live even according to the lowest acceptable living standards. The suicide rate in the Strip is at an all-time high, and despair is believed to be the main factor behind the alarming phenomena.
Sunday, June 18, 2017(1 comments)
Israel versus the UN -- the Nikki Haley doctrine
When Haley speaks about Israel, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along with Haley, the rightwing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is moving fast to cultivate the unique opportunity of dismissing the UN, and thus, any attempt at criticizing the Israeli occupation.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed
When Israel and its allies say "Palestinians are not a people," they essentially say that Palestinians have no identity, no legitimate demands, thus deserve no voice. When the media silences the voice of the people, they relegate their rights, demands for freedom, change and democracy.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017(1 comments)
US and Israeli Codependent Relationship is Not Just about Money
Although recent polls have shown that younger Americans -- especially among Democratic party supporters and young Jewish Americans -- are losing their enthusiasm for Israel and its Zionist ideology -- the battle for the US to reclaim its foreign policy and a sense of morality regarding Palestine and the Middle East is likely to be long and arduous.
American Muslims, No Apology Necessary
Long before the Trump administration's "Muslim Ban" -- banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days -- Muslims in the US have always, to varied degrees, been embattled, collectively demonized, racially profiled by government agencies and targeted in numerous hate crimes by fellow Americans.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself
Donald Trump is not just a raving man, but a dangerous one as well. His unpredictability must worry Israel, which expects from its American benefactors complete clarity and consistency in terms of its political support. At the age of 70, Trump is incapable of being the stalwart, pro-Zionist ideologue in a way that suits Israeli interests well.
Thursday, February 16, 2017(2 comments)
Israel's Vision for the Future is Terrifying
Since Donald Trump was sworn in as president of America, Israel has felt liberated from its obligation to doublespeak. For decades, Israeli officials spoke passionately about peace, and did everything in their power to hinder its attainment. Now, they simply do not care. Period.
Clamoring for Israeli Approval: Trump's Election Promises Will Haunt Him
Over the course of just a few days following Trump's inauguration, the Israeli government has ordered the construction of thousands of new housing units in Occupied Jerusalem. Even traditional allies of the US and Israel are alarmed by the grim possibilities resulting from the nascent Trump-Israel alliance.
Paris and the End to a Western-dominated Era in the Middle East
Israel does not need to accommodate the rules of the game anymore, simply because the American "broker," himself, has lost interest. Trump understands that his country can no longer maintain policing a uni-polar world and has no interest in picking fights with regionally powerful Israel.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Balancing Act is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us about Israel
Thousands of Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip alone, mostly in the Israeli wars of 2008-9, 2012 and 2014. Although thousands of children and civilians were killed and wounded in Gaza and the rest of the Occupied Territories and, despite international outcries against Israel's violations of international law, there is yet to be a single conviction in Israeli courts.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017(1 comments)
A Blessing in Disguise? The Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine
The US blind support of Israel throughout the years has increased the latter's expectations to the point that it now anticipates US support to continue, even when Israel is ruled by extremists who are further destabilizing an already fragile and unstable region. According to Israeli logic, such expectations are quite rational.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Palestine 2017: Time to Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe
There are up to 196 illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, in addition to hundreds of settler outposts. These settlements host up to 600,000 Jewish settlers, who were moved there in violation of international law and, in particular, the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is time to move away from Washington and to embrace the rest of the world.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
For Palestinians, Zionism only Means One Thing
As far as Israel is concerned, any criticism of the state and its political ideology is anti-Semitic as are any demands for accountability from Israel regarding its military conducts during war.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Hold your applause, Fatah, the Palestinian body politic is rotten to the core
Palestinians are divided among factions, regions and clans; political favoritism, financial corruption and outright treason are eating the Palestinian body politic like an incurable cancer. Talk of "unity," "reconciliation" and "state building" is just that - talk - while Palestinians suffer their bitter existence behind checkpoints and under the boots of soldiers and the quiet - but maddening - humming of military drones.
Sunday, November 27, 2016(1 comments)
What Should Palestinians Expect -- Can Trump Be Any Worse?
History has taught us that, when it comes to US foreign policy towards Palestine and Israel, things are likely to get worse, not better. Despite the current chasm within American society, among the media and political elites, the American love affair with Israel will continue. The ongoing war on Palestinian rights and aspirations will also linger.