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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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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.

Israel soldiers attacking worshipers at Haram al-Sharif. Thursday, November 17, 2016     

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Praying for Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing the Call for Prayer in Jerusalem? Banning the call for prayer is merely a reminder of Israel's domination over the wounded Holy City, and a message that Israel's control exceeds that of tangible existence, into every other sphere. Israel's version of settler colonialism is almost unprecedented. It does not simply seek control, but complete supremacy.

Syrian army checkpoint in Douma, 2012. Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Why is the Truth on Syria Difficult to Decipher? The problem is not entirely that of media manipulation of facts, videos and images. The war in Syria has polarized the discourse like never before, and most of those who are invested in that conflict find themselves forced to take sides, thus, at times abandoning any reason or common sense. The truth on Syria is that, regardless of how the war ends, Syria has been destroyed and its future is bloody and bleak.

Women's Boat to Gaza Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (1 comments)     

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The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women's Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat? Needless to say, a group of women atop a small boat, carrying a symbolic amount of supplies to impoverished Gaza, were not about to take the Middle East's only nuclear power down. "The Israeli army then took over the boat. The women showed no resistance as they wanted to emphasize that their mission was peaceful. "Terrorists," indeed.

Ban Ki-moon Friday, September 30, 2016     

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Ban Ki-moon's Legacy in Palestine: Failure in Words and Deeds When the UN chief is gone, he will be missed -- but certainly not by Palestinians in Gaza or refugees in Syria, or war victims in Afghanistan. But by the likes of Susan Rice, whose job was made very easy when all she needed to do was merely instruct the chief of the largest international organization on earth to do exactly as she wished and for him to gladly do so.

Native American activists taking a stand in support of Palestinian rights. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The Native American, the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice Palestinians are losing their lives, land and olive trees as they stand up to Israeli tanks and bulldozers. Their reality is a replay of similar experiences faced -- and still being confronted -- by Native Americans. Well into the 21st century, the Native American-Palestinian struggle remains one and the same.

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Is Israel Pushing for a Palestinian Civil War? Those powers that have imposed themselves as "peace brokers" and guardians of international law must understand that Israel is well-qualified to start fires, but almost never capable of putting them out. And Lieberman, of all people -- the Russian club bouncer-turned politician-turned defense minister -- must not be given free rein to color-code Palestinian communities, reward and punish as he pleases.

"What is happening in Israel now is fascism." Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Punishing the Messenger: Israel's War on NGOs Takes a Worrying Turn Working hand in hand with various western governments, Israel's official perception of the non-violent BDS movement is reaching the point of treating the civil society movement as if a criminal organization. BDS merely demands moral and legal accountably from western governments and corporations that contribute in any way to Israel's violations of human rights and international law.

Does Bill Clinton know that the majority of victims of terrorism are, in fact, Muslims? Thursday, August 4, 2016     

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My Response to Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty and (Your) America Donald Trump wants to keep us out of the country altogether. But Bill Clinton, former president and husband of a Democratic presidential nominee, does not mind us staying, as long as we -- Muslims -- behave ourselves. Welcome to America where racial profiling is the country's most popular idea, and where citizenship is now conditioned on blind obedience.

ISIS is but a name that can be rebranded without notice into something entirely different. Wednesday, July 20, 2016     

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From Nice to the Middle East: The Only Way to Challenge ISIS After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US' misguided responses -- invading and destroying countries -- created the very haven that have espoused today's militancy and terror. It is hardly difficult to follow the thread of ISIS' formation, the deadliest of all such groups that mostly originated from "al-Qaeda" in Iraq, itself wrought by the US invasion.

Replace Insecure http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/7318286-3x2-340x227.jpg Thursday, June 30, 2016     

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Will Brexit Help the Palestinian Cause in the EU? While pressure must continue to be applied on Westminster to end its unconditional backing of Israel, a possibly friendlier EU without the staunchly pro-Israel Britain, may emerge. The UK's support for Israel in the Union, and backing of American steps in the same direction, has seriously hampered the EU's chances of being anything but a rubberstamp to US-UK policies not only in Palestine but also throughout the Middle East.

Palestinian workers pray after crossing Eyal checkpoint, between the West Bank city of Qalqilya and Israel. Saturday, June 25, 2016     

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Palestine's "Prayer for Rain": How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War For nearly five decades, Israel has been employing the same policies against Palestinians without much censure or meaningful action from the international community. The problem is reaching catastrophic proportions. This time, the tragedy cannot be brushed aside, for the lives and well-being of entire communities are at stake.

The spirit of Gaza is the spirit of Mu'in Bseiso: beautiful, poetic, tortured, strong, undying, and loving. Wednesday, June 15, 2016     

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Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry True, the wars have devastated Gaza and the siege is severely diminishing its ability to develop the massive and promising human capital it has. But it has not disfigured its essence, or lessened its humanity. Gaza remains a place of poets, artists, dabka dancers and untamable spirits of utterly resilient and refreshingly stubborn people.

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The Reductionist View of an Intifada The nature of the current uprising in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem is testament to a pent-up anger of an entire generation that grew up behind walls and checkpoints. They are fighting two separate enemies -- the occupation army and their own oppressive leadership.

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Time to End the "Hasbara": Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story After over two decades of the failure of the so-called "peace process," and the rapid increase in the colonization of the Occupied Territories in addition to the extreme violence used to achieve these ends, many Palestinians are waking up to the painful facts. There can be no freedom for the Palestinian people without unity and without resistance.

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Roots of the Conflict: Palestine's Nakba in the Larger Arab "Catastrophe" When Palestine -- which was promised by Britain as a national home for the Jews as early as November 1917 -- became Israel, hosting mostly Europeans settlers, the fate of the Arab region east of the Mediterranean was sealed as the ground for perpetual conflict and antagonism.

Jeremy Corbyn leading a July 2014 demonstration against the Israeli war on Gaza. Saturday, May 14, 2016 (2 comments)     

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A Palestinian Perspective on Britain's "Anti-Semitic" Controversy By completely shutting the door on any form of criticism of Israel, Zionism, and the censure of its military behavior in the region coupled with the daily violence meted out against occupied Palestinians, Israel has expanded the definition of anti-Semitism to include whole countries, governments, international institutions and millions of independently thinking individuals the world over.

Johannesburg presents Mandela statue to Ramallah in Palestine Friday, May 6, 2016     

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The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld? When Nelson Mandela said, "We know all too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians," he was not trying to be cordial or diplomatic. He meant every word. Someday, we hope that a statue of Mandela, one that represents the spirit of Resistance in Palestine, will stand tall amid the people who championed his cause and loved him most.

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At 80, Failed Abbas is Probed, Derided and Scapegoated Israel's propensity to maintain its violent occupation cannot be blamed on Abbas. It is Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his right wing coalition that should be blamed squarely for the Occupation, the mistreatment and humiliation of Palestinians on a daily basis. However, such truth should not detract from Abbas' terrible legacy and ongoing misconduct.

Israelis kill Palestinians Thursday, April 14, 2016     

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The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World Dehumanizing Palestinians -- describing them as "beasts," "cockroaches," or treating them as dispensable inferiors -- has historically been a common denominator in Israeli society, uniting Jews from various political, ideological and religious backgrounds.

IDF Paratroopers Thursday, March 31, 2016     

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Intifada for Dummies: Why a Popular Uprising Is Yet to Take Off? This might be the most difficult Intifada yet; for never before did Palestinians find themselves so leaderless, yet so ready to break free. The outcome of this tension, will not only define this whole generation, as it defined my generation of the 1987 Intifada, but it will define the future of Palestine altogether.

It is safe to say that after five years of war in Syria, the conflict is entering a new phase. Tuesday, March 22, 2016     

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Federalism is a Pandora's Box; if Syria Succumbs to It, Others Will Follow Considering how grisly the Syrian war has been in these past few years, federalism might not strike many as a dreadful possibility, but it is. Arab countries are historically an outcome of Western and foreign meddling that divided the region in accordance to strategic interests and convenience. That "divide and rule" mindset has never been vanquished; indeed, it has been strengthened under the American occupation of Iraq.

Israeli Flag Friday, March 18, 2016     

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Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel The main objective behind BDS, an entirely non-violent movement that is championed by civil society across the globe, is not to punish ordinary Israelis, but to raise awareness of the suffering of Palestinians and to create a moral threshold that must be achieved if a just peace is ever to be realized.

THE FASCIST (Donald Trump) Thursday, March 10, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Politics Not as Usual: Is This the Age of American Fascism? Even the Republican Party establishment is now dumbfounded by the Frankenstein monster it has itself created or, at least, allowed to be born. It is a Republican "civil war" as described by USA Today, and the panic over a Trump nomination is resurrecting old figures from their slumber, all trying to slow down the uncontrollable demagoguery that has afflicted their party.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Why we must transcend the Clinton-Sanders debate: The Middle East in US foreign policy While US administrations change their tactics, infuse their doctrines and adapt to various political conditions, wherever they intervene in the world, massive, complex disasters follow. The country has also descended into a "state of nature" type of chaos, where extreme violence meted out by militant brutes and managed by western-backed politicians, have taken reign.

Herzog is contributing to the 'good Labor-bad Likud' routine that the Israeli ruling class have played for decades. Tuesday, February 16, 2016     

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"Good Labor - Bad Likud": Dispelling the Myth of "Democracy" within Israel's Political Establishment Few, with good conscience, can claim that Netanyahu and his partners -- Moshe Yaalon, Naftali Bennet and Shaked, among others -- are icons of democracy, any democracy, however lacking. In fact, a new draft in the Knesset, which is in the process of becoming a law, proposes to punish any Israeli organization that dares question Israel's behavior and undemocratic practices.

Exodus_1.jpg: Palestinian homes destroyed by Israel Tuesday, February 9, 2016     

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Next onslaught in Gaza: Why the status quo is a precursor for war It is difficult to imagine that another war is not looming. Israel's strategic, political and military tactics, as it stands today, will not allow Gaza to live with a minimal degree of dignity. On the other hand, the history of Gaza's resistance makes it impossible to imagine a scenario in which the Strip raises a white flag and awaits its allotted punishment.

Mohammed Allan: "It is a psychological warfare between the prison authorities, state and legal system apparatuses agains Tuesday, February 2, 2016     

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The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon The issue of hunger strikes should not be seen as a battle within Israeli jails, but as part and parcel of the Palestinian people's fight against military occupation. What all of these former hunger strikers seem to have in common is their insistence that their battles were never concerned with the freedom of individuals only, but of an entire group of desperate, oppressed and outraged people.

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Why is Trauma Missing from Syria Refugee Debate? Unlike common wisdom, exile for Palestinians is not specific in time or space, but a cyclical process that is experienced by every single Palestinian, even those who would declare that they have no intentions of returning to Palestine. Syrian refugees are now taking the first step towards their own journey of exile. Collective traumas do not magically end with the signing of political agreements.

Artwork: "Past Tense Continuous: Live Reenactment of the Nakba" Tuesday, January 19, 2016     

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Defined by Nakba and Exile: The Complex Reality of "Home" for Palestinians The study of Palestinian exile, and the collective aspiration of the Palestinian people when it comes to their right of return is far more complex than a simple question that can be addressed based on a "Yes" or "No" answer. Nor is it a matter that is open for political negotiations.

Waiting for Abbas to articulate a stronger, more convincing message is also a waste of time. Tuesday, January 5, 2016     

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Palestine after Abbas: The Future of a People at Stake The PA was the outcome of the now practically defunct Oslo "peace process," which was negotiated by Abbas and a few others in secret with Israel, at the behest of the late Palestinian Fatah leader, Yasser Arafat. The whole initiative was founded on secrecy and deceit and was signed without taking the Palestinian people into account.

John Bolton Friday, December 25, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Beware 'Sunni-Stan': Neocons are Back and Their 'Vision' is Darker than Ever It is the perpetual war and horrific rivalries in the Middle East that have finally empowered the neocons to stage a comeback; but considering the damage that these groups have already done, one is certain that no good can possibly come from Bolton and his clique.

A Gaza mother and daughter at the Rafah border crossing. Tuesday, December 22, 2015     

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A Crushed Generation: Photography under Siege in Gaza Old people, unlike the young, frustrated by their confinement and yet unable to channel their anger and energy, just sit outside their homes and gaze at the passerbys. They watch their misery unfold, as they have for decades. This time however, their hardship is not only the work of Israel, but that of their Arab "brothers" as well.

Over 25,000 Palestinians in Gaza have registered as humanitarian cases to use the crossing Friday, December 11, 2015     

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Open Rafah Now: Siege on Gaza is a Cruel and Political Failure Although Gazans are still being referred to as "brothers," there is nothing brotherly in the way they are being treated -- 25,000 humanitarian cases are languishing in Gaza, waiting to be allowed access to treatment in Egypt or in other Arab and European countries. These ill Palestinians should not be used as political fodder in a turf war which is not of their making.

Palestinians do not revolt when "the time is right" for them to do so. Wednesday, December 2, 2015     

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Reclaiming Palestine: How Israeli Media Misread the Intifada The Israeli argument is, as has always been the case, narrow-minded in its view of history, or it conveniently applies history to fit whatever political argument Israeli officials or mouthpieces deem handy. Just a few weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, absolved the Nazis from the idea behind the Holocaust and pinned the blame on the Palestinian Mufti instead.

We either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Forget Daesh: Humanity is at Stake Those who orchestrated the war on Iraq and those feeding the war in Syria and arming Israel cannot be vindicated. The crux of the matter: we either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing -- our humanity, in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.

J.K.Rowling Thursday, November 5, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Co-Existence With Apartheid? For J.K. Rowling, even non-violent acts of encountering Israel's ongoing massacres in Gaza and the military occupation in the West Bank are excessive. "Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace," reads the letter she signed.

There are many opportunists who are ready to pounce upon the current mobilization in Palestine. Saturday, October 31, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Confronting the Obvious Truth: Palestinian Authority vs. the People Established in 1994 as a transitional political body that would guide the process of Palestinian independence, the PA morphed to become a security arm that served as a first line of defense for the Israeli army, in addition to guarding its own interests. PA security forces have done a splendid job of cracking down on any dissent among Palestinians.

Teargas fired by israeli forces at a Palestinian protest Monday, October 12, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Of course, it is an intifada: This is what you must know Palestinians are protesting because they experience daily humiliation and have to endure the unrelenting violence of occupation. Moreover, they feel a total sense of betrayal by their leadership, which is corrupt and co-opted. So they rebel, and attempt to mobilize and sustain their rebellion for as long as they can, because they have no horizon of hope outside their own action.

We need to listen to the Syrian people, who have been at the receiving end of death, but are yet to articulate their own Friday, October 9, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackals and the People's Narrative The tragedy in Syria is that the war fought in the name of the Syrian people has little to do with the rights of the Syrian people; and the voices of Syrians are either entirely neglected or used and manipulated to achieve specific political ends. And when it is all said and done, the media jackals are likely to fan the flame of some other conflict in some other place.

Plans to conquer remaining symbols of Palestinian nationhood and spirituality have finally reached Al-Aqsa. Tuesday, September 22, 2015     

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Israel's High-Stake Game in Al-Aqsa and Why Netanyahu May Prevail Over the years, the strategic settlement growth was complemented by the religiously-motivated expansion, championed by a vibrant movement, exemplified in the founding of Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful) in 1974. Its mission was to settle legions of fundamentalists on the West Bank. Little has changed since then, save the fact that the current Israeli administration is a government of settlers.

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How Yarmouk came about: Israel's role in the Syrian refugee crisis Israel, whose economy is the strongest in the region, has been the most tight-fisted in terms of offering shelter to Syrian refugees. This is a double sin considering that even Syria's Palestinian refugees, who were expelled from their own homes in Palestine, were also left homeless.

'Abbas' agenda is entirely personal, entirely elitist and entirely corrupt.' Wednesday, September 2, 2015 (2 comments)     

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Palestine's Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy? The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a by-product of a process of political fraud that started much earlier than his expired Presidency.

Libyans themselves are the very enablers behind the division of their own country. Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (4 comments)     

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"Islamic State" Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya It is becoming clearer that Libya, once a sovereign and relatively wealthy nation, is becoming a mere playground for a massive geopolitical game and large economic interests and ambitions... with Arab and Western powers scheming to ensure a larger share of Libya's economic wealth and strategic value. The crisis in that country is likely to escalate, if not worsen, as history has amply shown.

Egypt on one hand and Me on the other Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Shifting Priorities: The Rise and Fall of Arab Revolutionary Discourse Strange how intellectual discussion concerning the so-called "Arab Spring" has almost entirely shifted in recent years - from one concerning freedom, justice, democracy and rights in general, into a political wrangle between various antagonist camps. The people, who revolted across various Arab countries are now marginalized in this discussion, and are only used as fodders -- killers and victims ...

Relatives mourn the death of 18-month-old Ali Dawabshe, after he was killed in an arson attack by Jewish settlers. Sunday, August 2, 2015     

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The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha Israel's impunity is encouraged by many factors, including US-Western backing and the lack of international will to hold Israel -- Government, army and settlers -- accountable for their crimes. But that impunity is also encouraged by the Palestinian leadership itself, which lives in a massive political and economic bubble in Ramallah, in the West Bank.

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Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on "IS" It is the lack of political prospects, and the smothering of any attempt at freedom and fair economic opportunity, that lead to extremist violence in the first place. As long as this reality remains intact, "IS" will tragically find new recruits, latch on to local militant groups, and continue to expand into new borders -- and even darker horizons.

But if biases are a must, it should be biases for the right reasons: Human rights. Conflict resolution. Peace. Thursday, June 11, 2015     

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Middle East Reporting: The Need for Honest Journalism It is a sad era where many journalists are for sale at the moment, ready to lend their pens to the highest bidder. The story presented to the world has, at times, nothing at all to do with the reality on the ground, but it is simply a mosaic of stereotype, hearsay, and babblings from privileged officials who have no understanding of the plight of their people.

Abbas with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs. Thursday, June 4, 2015     

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The Good, Bad and Uncertain about Recognizing "Palestine" There has been a seismic shift in international consensus regarding Palestine, where many countries in the southern and northern hemispheres seem to ultimately agree that it is time to liberate the fate of Palestine from American hegemony. In the long run, and considering the growing rebalancing of global powers, for Palestinians, this is a good start.

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