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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).

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Albert Einstein Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (1 comments)     

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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.

Burning Israeli flags in Gaza. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (1 comments)     

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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.

Palestinians Killed By Israeli Fire Along The Gaza Border Tuesday, April 10, 2018     

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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.

Rim Banna and Palestine war Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (1 comments)     

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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.

Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (1 comments)     

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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.

Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (1 comments)     

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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.

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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.

PM Netanyahu's Remarks at Weekly Cabinet Meeting Friday, March 2, 2018     

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Netanyahu's Corruption: How Israeli Journalists Project Israel's Crimes on to Palestinians Many of Israel's friends in western governments and corporate media have contributed to this opportunistic style of journalism; they come to the rescue when times are hard, to find ways to praise Israel and to chastise Palestinians and Arabs, even if the latter are not relevant to the discussion, whatsoever.

Palestinian Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance. Saturday, February 24, 2018     

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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.

Netanyahu's Congress speech Thursday, February 15, 2018 (3 comments)     

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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.

Image created from image crediting Saturday, February 10, 2018 (2 comments)     

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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.

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"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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, January 27, 2018     

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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.

Israel Defense Forces Attack Palestinians Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (1 comments)     

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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.

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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.

Dome of the Rock & Western Wall Thursday, January 4, 2018 (2 comments)     

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"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.

Israel Palestine Conflict Wednesday, December 27, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What Trump Has Done: The Entire US-Middle East Political Framework Just Collapsed "I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said in Washington on Wednesday. The embattled president has done what many had asked him not to do. But the truth is, US foreign policy has been bankrupt for years. It was never fair, nor did it ever intend to be so.

Hopes for an end to the persecution of the Rohingya minority remain bleak. Wednesday, December 6, 2017     

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"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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Speech at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, November 21, 2017     

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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.

Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, November 16, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

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"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.

USA Israel Relations Thursday, November 2, 2017     

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Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the United States Criticizing Israel is still a taboo in the US, where the Congress is beholden to lobby pressures and kickbacks, and where the media's script on the illegal Israeli military occupation of Palestine is even less critical than Israel's own media.

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Kim Jong-un Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

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The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not the Palestinian People The Balfour Declaration was equivalent to a decree calling for the annihilation of the Palestinian people. Not one Palestinian, anywhere, remained completely immune from the harm invited by Balfour and his government.

Ambassadors Against BDS Thursday, October 5, 2017     

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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.

Obama or Trump, US government will remain an Israeli ally and benefactor. Thursday, September 28, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, September 21, 2017     

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Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member? Israel's strategy of elevating its status at the UN can be seen as an admission of failure of Tel Aviv's antagonistic behavior. However, if Israel wins that seat, it is likely to use the new position to strengthen its occupation of Palestine, as opposed to adhering to international law.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, September 7, 2017     

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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.

Daesh militants Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Donald TRUMP VS Kim Jong-Un Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (3 comments)     

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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.

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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.

BDS Movement Saturday, August 12, 2017 (4 comments)     

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"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.

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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.

Mohammed Dahlan Sunday, July 30, 2017     

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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.

Syria, War, Victims, Refugees, Help Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Horror in Gaza: Israel-Palestine Conflict Thursday, July 20, 2017 (1 comments)     

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The Story behind the Jerusalem Attack: How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed the Palestinians into a Corner In the absence of a strong leadership, Palestinians are growingly increasingly desperate and angry. The Palestinian Authority is largely busy in its own pitiful power struggles and appears to have no time for Palestinians, who are left with little hope for a political horizon and no clear sense of direction.

Muslim lives matter - placard at anti-Trump ban demo. Thursday, July 13, 2017 (2 comments)     

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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.

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"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     

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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.

Ambassador Nikki Haley Addresses the U.N. Human Rights Council Sunday, June 18, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

The history of the region of Palestine Thursday, June 15, 2017     

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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.

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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.

Israel war destruction Thursday, March 9, 2017     

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Only the Israeli Dead Matter: Israel's Failure at Investigating Its Bloody Wars Any attempt at investigating Israeli conduct will be thwarted, for Israel is a "democracy" and, for some reason, self-proclaimed democracies cannot be investigated. Only their sham investigations matter; only their dead count.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Protesters in Bethlehem burning a poster of Trump over his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Thursday, February 9, 2017 (2 comments)     

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The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons? Obama redefined and expanded war, advanced the nuclear arms race and destabilized more countries. Trump is also a brand, an unpromising one. The product -- whether military aggressions, racism, islamophobia, anti-immigration policies, economic inequality, etc. -- remains unchanged.

Trump tells Netanyahu the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Saturday, February 4, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

Donald Trump. Friday, February 3, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle East Countries around the world, even those who are considered allies of Israel, including the United States reject Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, and refuse Israeli invitation to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to the illegally-occupied city.

Paris Peace Conference To Force Trump's Hand Wednesday, January 25, 2017     

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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.

Moshe Sharett with David Ben-Gurion at a meeting in 1955. Thursday, January 19, 2017     

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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.

Obama or Trump, US government will remain an Israeli ally and benefactor. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 (1 comments)     

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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.

It is time to move away from Washington and to embrace the rest of the world. Tuesday, December 27, 2016     

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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.

Nakba: when Israel was established, Palestine was erased. Thursday, December 22, 2016     

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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.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech during the 7th General Assembly meeting of Fatah Movement at Pales Wednesday, December 7, 2016     

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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.

Obama_meeting_with_Trump_2.jpg: Obama meeting with Trump Sunday, November 27, 2016 (1 comments)     

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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.

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