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Articles by: Dr Ramzy Baroud

sraeli bulldozers work on a new Israeli settler road, in Nabi Elias village, in the occupied West Bank, on 6 February. Some 700 olive trees were uprooted from private Palestinian land to build the road. Ahmad Al-Bazz ActiveStills

Farewell To Doublespeak: Israel’s Vision For The Future Is Terrifying

  Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. The passing of the ‘Regularization Bill‘ on February 6 is all we need to imagine the Israeli-envisaged future. The new law allows the[Read More…]

The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump For The Wrong Reasons? 

The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump For The Wrong Reasons? 

I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths. US mainstream media, which rarely deviates from supporting the American government’s conduct, however reckless, is now presenting Trump as if an aberration of otherwise egalitarian, sensible, and[Read More…]

Clamoring For Israeli Approval: Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

Clamoring For Israeli Approval: Trump’s Election Promises Will Haunt Him

  US President Donald Trump promises to be pro-Israel in every aspect. ‘I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel,’ he boasted at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Presidential Forum in Washington DC, in December, 2015. For a brief moment, Trump appeared as if rethinking his unconditional support for Israel, when in February 2016, the Republican presidential nominee pledged[Read More…]

The Paris Peace Conference:  Signaling An End To A Western-Dominated Era?

The Paris Peace Conference:  Signaling An End To A Western-Dominated Era?

No, it was not just ‘another Middle East peace conference,’ as a columnist in Israeli ‘Jerusalem Post’ attempted to depict the Paris Peace Conference held on January 15, with top official representations from 70 countries attending.  If it was, indeed, just ‘another peace conference’, representatives from the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) would have attended as well. Instead, it was[Read More…]

The Balancing Act Is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us About Israel 

The Balancing Act Is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us About Israel 

For some, the ‘manslaughter’ conviction – following the murder by Israeli army medic, Elor Azaria, of already incapacitated Palestinian man, Fattah al-Sharif – is finally settling a protracted debate regarding where Israelis stand on Palestinian human rights. Nearly 70 percent of the Israeli public supports calls to pardon the convicted soldier, who is largely perceived among Israelis as the “child[Read More…]

Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State Is Possible In Palestine And Israel

Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State Is Possible In Palestine And Israel

  Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on the uncertain future of the two-state solution and the need to save Israel from itself, the subject of a Palestinian state has been paramount. In fact, unlike common belief, the push to establish a Palestinian and a[Read More…]

A Blessing In Disguise?  The Trump Presidency And Palestine

A Blessing In Disguise?  The Trump Presidency And Palestine

  Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an extremist, David Friedman, as the next US Ambassador to Israel who intends to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and who supports[Read More…]

Palestine 2017: Time To Bid Farewell To Washington And Embrace The Globe

Palestine 2017: Time To Bid Farewell To Washington And Embrace The Globe

  There is no doubt that the UN Security Council condemnation of Israel on Friday, December 23, was an important and noteworthy event. True, the United Nations’ main chambers (the Security Council and the General Assembly) and its various institutions, ranging from the International Court of Justice to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, have repeatedly condemned the Israeli occupation, illegal[Read More…]

Stifling The Debate On Israel: For Palestinians, Zionism Only Means One Thing

Stifling The Debate On Israel: For Palestinians, Zionism Only Means One Thing

The British government of Theresa May officially adopted on December 12 a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes legitimate criticism of Israel. The definition was adopted earlier in the year by a pro-Israeli group IHRA, although it was considered but abandoned by the European anti-racism agency in 2005. It is also a rather dangerous move which will most likely lead[Read More…]

Navigating War: Has The War In Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?  

Navigating War: Has The War In Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?  

When a veteran war reporter like Robert Fisk constructs his argument regarding the siege of Aleppo based on ‘watching’ video footage, then one can truly comprehend the near impossibility of adequate media coverage on the war in Syria. In a recent article in the British ‘Independent’, Fisk reflects on the siege, uprising and atrocious Nazi massacres in Warsaw, Poland in[Read More…]

Fatah, Hold Your Applause: Palestinian Body Politic Rotten To The Core 

Fatah, Hold Your Applause: Palestinian Body Politic Rotten To The Core 

In July 2003, the then Palestinian Authority Chairman, Yasser Arafat, described Mahmoud Abbas as a ‘traitor’ who “betrayed the interests of the Palestinian People.” Arafat loathed Abbas to the very end. This particular outburst was made during a meeting with the United Nations envoy, Terje Larsen. The meeting took place a few months after Arafat was coerced, by the US,[Read More…]

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity With Palestine

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity With Palestine

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the ‘biggest-ever campaign’ aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those of companies that contribute to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. In a recently issued press release, the civil society-led group highlighted “99 actions that will take place across the world to highlight what they described[Read More…]

What Should Palestinians Expect – Can Trump Be Any Worse?

What Should Palestinians Expect – Can Trump Be Any Worse?

  Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect, Donald Trump, is fortifying his transitional team with people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world, as well. For Palestinians, however, the signs are even more ominous. From former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, to Republican leader Newt[Read More…]

Praying For Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing The Call For Prayer In Jerusalem? 

Praying For Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing The Call For Prayer In Jerusalem? 

As I was growing up, I was always reassured by the sound of the ‘Muadhin’ making the call for prayer in our refugee camp’s main mosque in Gaza. Whenever I heard the call very early in the morning, announcing in a melodic voice that the time for the ‘Fajr’ (dawn) prayer was upon us, I knew it was safe to[Read More…]

The Infamy Of The Palestinian Elites: An Imminent Split Within Fatah? 

The Infamy Of The Palestinian Elites: An Imminent Split Within Fatah? 

The Fatah movement is involved in a massive tug-of-war that will ultimately define its future. Though the conflict is between current Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, and once Gaza strongman, Mohammed Dahlan, is in no way motivated by ending the Israeli Occupation, their war will likely determine the future political landscape of Palestine.   The issue cannot be taken lightly,[Read More…]

Why Palestinians Want To Sue Britain: 99 Years Since The Balfour Declaration

Why Palestinians Want To Sue Britain: 99 Years Since The Balfour Declaration

  Last July, the Palestinian Authority took the unexpected, although belated step of seeking Arab backing in suing Britain over the Balfour Declaration. That ‘declaration’ was the first ever explicit commitment made by Britain, and the West in general, to establish a Jewish homeland atop an existing Palestinian homeland. It is too early to tell whether the Arab League would[Read More…]

The War On UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Palestinian And East Jerusalem Is Illegally Occupied 

The War On UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Palestinian And East Jerusalem Is Illegally Occupied 

Did Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, actually read the full text of the UNESCO resolution on Palestine and Israel, before he raved with anger?     “I think this is a mistaken, inconceivable resolution,” he said. “It is not possible to continue with these resolutions at the UN and UNESCO that aim to attack Israel. It is shocking and I have ordered[Read More…]

The Many ‘Truths’ On Syria: How Our Rivalry Has Destroyed A Country 

The Many ‘Truths’ On Syria: How Our Rivalry Has Destroyed A Country 

“The United States has the power to decree the death of nations,” wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe.  Kinzer’s article was entitled: “The media are misleading the public on Syria.” In his piece, the scholar at a Brown University Institute contested that his country’s media misinformation on Syria is leading to the kind of ignorance which is enabling the[Read More…]

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The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat To Gaza An Existential Threat?  

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat To Gaza An Existential Threat?  

  The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose half-truths at will, in order to create a falsified version of reality. For instance, this is part of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the United Nations[Read More…]

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Ban Ki-Moon’s Legacy In Palestine: Failure In Words And Deeds

Ban Ki-Moon’s second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations is ending this December. He was the most ideal man for the job as far as the United States and its allies are concerned. Of course, there will always be other Ban Ki-Moons. In fact, the man himself was a modified version of his predecessor, Kofi Annan. The[Read More…]

Honoring Aylan Kurdi By Ending The War In Syria

Honoring Aylan Kurdi By Ending The War In Syria

“A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much,” wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com. The photograph referenced in their comment was that of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body was washed ashore on some Turkish beach in September 2015. It has been over a year since that tragic photograph – of an innocent child, face-down and[Read More…]

The Native American, The Palestinian: A Spirited Fight For Justice

The Native American, The Palestinian: A Spirited Fight For Justice

Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory. The standoff, involving 5,000-strong Native American protesters, including representatives of 200 tribes and environmental[Read More…]

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Is Israel Pushing For A Palestinian Civil War?

  Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle on the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective. Newly-appointed Israeli ultra-nationalist, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, understands this too well. His tactic since his ascension to office last May is centered on investing more in these divisions as[Read More…]

Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn

Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn

“You deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But, maybe, you would be hurt before them,” was part of a threatening message received by a staff member at ‘Al-Mezan’, a Gaza-based human rights group. The photo attached to the email was of the exterior of the activist’s home. The gist of the message: ‘we are coming for you.’[Read More…]

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The Obama Doctrine Is Ravaging The Middle East 

The Obama Doctrine Is Ravaging The Middle East 

Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh’. However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning the origins of the group and the second, on whether there are genuine intentions to defeat it, in the first place. We must boldly address the first to unravel the enigma behind the rise and growth of ‘Daesh’ –[Read More…]

Divide And Rule: How Factionalism In Palestine Is Killing Prospect For Freedom 

Divide And Rule: How Factionalism In Palestine Is Killing Prospect For Freedom 

 As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for next October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head. Palestinian political platforms and social media are abuzz with self-defeating propaganda: Fatah supporters attacking Hamas’ alleged failures, and Hamas’ supporters doing the same. What is conveniently overlooked by all sides is that the performance of[Read More…]

My Response To Bill Clinton: On (My) Liberty And (Your) America

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. This is what[Read More…]

Farewell To Yarmouk: A Palestinian Refugee’s Journey From Izmir To Greece 

Farewell To Yarmouk: A Palestinian Refugee’s Journey From Izmir To Greece 

(Based on interviews with Palestinian refugees from Syria.) The refugee camp of Yarmouk was ever present in his being, pulling him in and out of an abyss of persistent fears that urged him to never return. But what was this refugee without Yarmouk, his first haven, his last earth? How could any other spot in this unwelcoming universe ever be[Read More…]

From Nice To The Middle East: The Only Way To Challenge ISIS  

From Nice To The Middle East: The Only Way To Challenge ISIS  

  I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism’, whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for ‘al-Qaeda’, but for ‘Mojahedin-e-Khalq’, an Iranian militant exile group that worked, with foreign funding and arms, to overthrow the Iranian Republic.   At the[Read More…]

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Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology 

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology 

Last year, I wrote an article that made many readers unhappy. As soon as it was published, I began receiving messages of abuse and angry, threatening calls. I hesitated about reporting the threats to the local police in Washington State and, in the end, I resolved to file the unpleasant experience under a burgeoning folder of ‘controversies’ caused by my[Read More…]

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People Above Politics: Political Deal Will Not Hamper The Turkish-Palestinian Bond

People Above Politics: Political Deal Will Not Hamper The Turkish-Palestinian Bond

  Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians – and for Gazans, in particular. There is much that is being said to blame Turkey or placate the damage of seeing Turkey – which has for years been  one of the most visible backers of Palestinian Resistance – reaching out to Israel. Yet, no amount of[Read More…]

Searching For A ‘Responsible Adult’: ‘Is Brexit Good For Israel?’

Searching For A ‘Responsible Adult’: ‘Is Brexit Good For Israel?’

After months of anticipation, the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (EU). Although, the results were fairly close – 51.9% voted to ‘Leave’ vs. 48.1% elected to ‘Remain’ – the consequences of the decision will be far-reaching. Not only will the Brits negotiate their exit from the EU (thus, the term ‘Brexit’) within the next two years,[Read More…]

Palestine’s ‘Prayer For Rain’: How Israel Uses Water As A Weapon Of War 

Palestine’s ‘Prayer For Rain’: How Israel Uses Water As A Weapon Of War 

Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half.   This alarming development has been taking place for weeks, since Israel’s national water company, “Mekorot”, decided to cut off – or significantly reduce – its water supply to Jenin, Salfit and many villages around Nablus, among other[Read More…]

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Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

“(At dawn) … I will resist … (Since) upon the wall there is still a white sheet … And my fingers are yet to (completely) dissolve.” This is a translated verse from Mu’in Bseiso’ “Three Walls of the Torture Chamber”. He was -and remains – one of Gaza’s most influential intellectual and renowned poets. After Israel occupied the Gaza Strip[Read More…]

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Israel’s Future Is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon And Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’

Israel’s Future Is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon And Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’

Israeli society is constantly swerving to the Right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. Israel is now ‘ruled by the most extreme rightwing government in its history’ has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years. In fact, that exact line was used in[Read More…]

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