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Articles by: Rima Najjar

Triple Bind: Balfour Explained In Eight Memes

Triple Bind: Balfour Explained In Eight Memes

In 1917, the British government unleashed the Zionist Jewish colonial enterprise that is now Israel. In the process, it meted out on Palestinians destruction, dispossession and oppression that are ongoing to this day. [Watch Al Jazeera English video: 100 Years On: The Balfour Declaration explained] The language used in the document that facilitated this disaster, the Balfour Declaration,is devious and[Read More…]

Zionism:  The Ideological Cover-Up To Jewish Supremacy

Zionism:  The Ideological Cover-Up To Jewish Supremacy

The benign-sounding term “settler” or “settlement” is used so often in the news without reference to Jewish colonization of Palestine that the world often loses sight of the immoral nature of the Zionist project in Palestine. The term is used to describe Jews moving illegally to the West Bank, and commandeering land that belongs to Palestinians. Waves of Jews moving[Read More…]

UN Must Take A Leaf From The Global Grassroots BDS Movement

UN Must Take A Leaf From The Global Grassroots BDS Movement

  Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israel’s HabayitHayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory “while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without voting rights.” This is by no means a surprising outcome, nor is it simply a reflection of so-called right-wing[Read More…]

Ashkenazi Man’s Burden

Ashkenazi Man’s Burden

  It’s been almost one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration and we are still trying to “understand” Zionism and Jewish supremacy in Palestine. For a long time, what stood in the way of full understanding is the desire in Jewish intellectual circles on the left to fuse Zionism and Socialism in the belief that such a fusion would achieve[Read More…]

The Zionist Exception

The Zionist Exception

Today, we hear a lot about White supremacy but very little about Jewish supremacy, as if the former stands for the latter. It is true there are more similarities than differences between Jewish supremacy and White supremacy. Both are based on ethnic/nationalist bias and racism. They are both “historically based, institutionally perpetuated system[s] of exploitation and oppression … a web of[Read More…]

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“American And democratic” Is Possible, But “Jewish And Democratic” Is Not

“American And democratic” Is Possible, But “Jewish And Democratic” Is Not

  As Richard Falk points out, “anti-Semitism, and its links to Nazism and Fascism, and now to Trumpism, are genuinely menacing”, but Jews who call Trump himself an anti-Semite (in the sense of having an animus against Jews) are being false and so are those who perceive that the Labour Party in the U.K. is “too tolerant of anti-Semitism”. Consider these[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Jews Worldwide From A Palestinian Arab

An Open Letter To Jews Worldwide From A Palestinian Arab

  Look at me. Look at me as I am — a fellow human being. Look at me independently from your Jewish identity and your Jewish suffering. Are you offended? Does your worldview need wrenching out of a life-long schooling in a painful collective memory? Does it need, as a Jewish friend explained, an “internal revolution” to coax you out into a[Read More…]

Shame! The Good Wife Does A Good Job Of Branding Israel

Shame! The Good Wife Does A Good Job Of Branding Israel

Seasons six and seven of The Good Wife, an otherwise smart, sophisticated TV series with inspired acting, does a pretty good hatchet job on Palestine and Palestinians by hardly mentioning them and whitewashing Israel. This series, written by Robert and Michelle King, has attracted millions of viewers all over the world. The accumulation of bits and pieces about Israel and[Read More…]

Ariel Gold, A New Breed Of Jewish Activist Against Israel

Ariel Gold, A New Breed Of Jewish Activist Against Israel

I first heard of Ariel Gold through a Haaretz article that described her in the headline like this: Jewish Mother and BDS Activist: Code Pink’s Ariel Gold vs. Israel’s Travel Ban: The pro-Palestinian provocateur is under attack after a newspaper alleged that she ‘tricked’ her way into Israel last month. She says she will be ‘heartbroken’ if the authorities ban[Read More…]

70 Years On, Palestinians Are Still Locked In The Same Position

70 Years On, Palestinians Are Still Locked In The Same Position

  Few people know that, as a condition for admission to the UN in 1949, Israel accepted UN Resolution 194, which stipulates that Palestinians who fled or were expelled during the Jewish takeover of 1947-49 in Palestine, have the right of return. As with every other legitimate claim that Palestinians have made about their situation over the long years since[Read More…]

Anti-Semitism Is Not The Issue; Palestine Is

Anti-Semitism Is Not The Issue; Palestine Is

Anti-Semitism should not be used as an issue in discussions and debates over the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.  Ever since the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine and all throughout the unfolding of Zionist policy, Jews like Chaim Weizmann have expressed the idea that Zionist crimes in Palestine are to be deplored, not so much because of[Read More…]

Jews Worldwide Must Support The Palestinian Cause

Jews Worldwide Must Support The Palestinian Cause

  When I write about the Jewish state, I am forced to write about Jews.  Although there is controversy among Jews themselves about Jewish identity, the fact remains that Israel manifests itself in Palestine as Jewish, both in the sense of “Jewish nationality”, an invention of political Zionism whose early leaders were atheists, as well as in the religious sense[Read More…]

“If Israel Placed Roses Instead Of Metal Detectors In Al-Aqsa, We Would Still Reject Them”

“If Israel Placed Roses Instead Of Metal Detectors In Al-Aqsa, We Would Still Reject Them”

As usual, commentary on the latest stand-off between Israel’s forces and Palestinian Muslims due to the closure of al-Aqsa mosque compound to Friday prayers on July 21, 2017 was confusing. One commentary goes like this: Yes, these are Muslims being killed, gassed and pushed around, but the “clashes” are not really about the encroachment on al-Aqsa by the so-called Temple[Read More…]

Israel In Palestine As Dysfunctional Judaism

Israel In Palestine As Dysfunctional Judaism

I view Saudi Arabia as a dysfunctional manifestation of Islam.  In the same way, I view Israel as a dysfunctional manifestation of Judaism.  This is not to mean, I hasten to say, that either Judaism or Islam is inherently at odds with the social, cultural or political lives of its adherents or with universal moral values. The point I am[Read More…]

Terrorism Is A Tool Used By The Militarily Strong, Not Just By The Weak

Terrorism Is A Tool Used By The Militarily Strong, Not Just By The Weak

Hasan Breijieh is a Palestinian activist and spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).  He participates in weekly protest activities against the Israeli military presence in the West Bank (aka occupation), the illegal Jewish colonies turned into townships on stolen Palestinian land (aka settlements) that choke off Palestinian villages around Bethlehem and elsewhere, and the illegal[Read More…]

Why Israel Has A Law That Gives Police The Power To Block Certain Websites From Israelis

Why Israel Has A Law That Gives Police The Power To Block Certain Websites From Israelis

  The new Israeli law giving police power to block websites that purportedly publish “criminal” or “offensive” content follows a similar blockade of various websites in Palestine by the 13-year president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas – all in the name of “law and order”, “peace” and “fighting terrorism”. The equation is simple and has long been propagated by[Read More…]

Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

Israel, a rogue state if ever there was one, pursues its “security” as a Jewish Zionist entity on all of Mandate Palestine through demonizing Palestinian Arabs, whom it has long subjected to a racist campaign that defines their resistance, both violent and non-violent, as anti-Semitism on the one hand and as terrorism on the other. Thankfully, Israel’s cover for its[Read More…]

Palestinians Are Seeking Justice In Jerusalem – Not An Abusive Life-Long Mate

Palestinians Are Seeking Justice In Jerusalem – Not An Abusive Life-Long Mate

  Several articles have been published about the “legal limbo” in which Palestinian Jerusalemites exist and proposals as to what Israel ought to do about this 50-year old travesty, among them being righting “the wrong” of denying Palestinian Arabs in East Jerusalem Israeli citizenship. In my view, such articles both define the injustice done to Palestinians deceptively and are meant[Read More…]

Lawfare Is Meant To Convert Jews Worldwide To Zionism

Lawfare Is Meant To Convert Jews Worldwide To Zionism

  Lawfare as used by the Zionist organization The Lawfare Project and others is meant to persuade every Jew in the world (and not just Israeli Jews) that his or her Jewish identity, welfare and security are inextricably related to the continued suppression of justice, equality and freedom of Palestinian Arabs or, in other words, to the Apartheid Zionist Jewish state. Lawfare is a[Read More…]

Are Attacks On Israeli Police In East Jerusalem Terrorism?

Are Attacks On Israeli Police In East Jerusalem Terrorism?

East Jerusalem is occupied by Israel. It is also illegally annexed. It is also illegally separated from the rest of the West Bank by an illegal wall. In Jerusalem, Israel boasts of 220,000 illegal Jewish settlers settled on land confiscated from 300,000 Palestinian residents who are now landless. It boasts of 50,000 illegally displaced Palestinian Arabs and 685 illegally demolished Palestinian homes that have rendered 2,500[Read More…]

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Question Deleted

  For some time now, the discourse on Israel has been shifting from a place where Israeli “hasbara” disinformation had the upper hand no matter where one turned, to a place where Israeli criminal policies are more frankly discussed and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which is now championed by some academic associations, church groups and labor unions[Read More…]