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» ‘We Just Kept Walking’: Artistic Depiction of Palestinian Displacement

‘We Just Kept Walking’: Artistic Depiction of Palestinian Displacement

By Ramona Wadi

“We just kept walking”. To listen to a statement repeated with both assertion and vagueness imparts a sudden realization of walking through terrain which bore lacerations of its own.

The displacement enforced upon Palestinians during the Nakba is depicted from afar in this watercolor painting, with the intent to portray the contradictory approaches to time and memory.

If timelines are to retain their significance, they must become subservient to memory which in turn would ignite a process of liberation from the constant appropriation of what constitutes Palestine and Palestinians.

It is hoped that the painting allows for a connection to the core, to all the stories that remain unspoken, for us to ponder what it feels like to walk upon land, to recognize its essence and be coerced into silence.

What it means to find one’s self restricted from a complete expression of identity. And to realize the ramifications of Palestinian displacement becoming a dissociated term in human rights rhetoric.

(With thanks to Ramzy Baroud and his latest book, “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story,” which inspired this watercolor painting.)

– Ramona Wadi is a writer and an artist. She contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. 

» Follow Ramzy Baroud World Tour: Palestinian Refugees Have a Voice

Follow Ramzy Baroud World Tour: Palestinian Refugees Have a Voice

A Message from Ramzy Baroud

Dear Readers,

I am embarking on a world tour that is set to take me to several countries in five continents, starting Feb 20. I am taking advantage of the publishing of my book THE LAST EARTH: A PALESTINIAN STORY to shed light on a new take on the history of the Palestinian people, one in which the refugees are the core theme. The Last Earth is not the story of the past only, but the present and the future as well. I hope you like the book and come to see me when I arrive to speak at your city.

In the first leg of my tour, I am scheduled to speak in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Please see below for more details about each specific event. The list will be updated frequently.

The Last Earth

The book which is published by Pluto Press has been described as a “fierce and strenuous challenge to the traditional approach to history in which Palestinians, mostly refugees, are the true protagonists.”

Professor Ilan Pappe, who also wrote the Forward to the book, commented:

“This moving and perceptive book is a journey to the heart of the evils of occupation and colonization suffered by the Palestinians on the ground. It allows the people themselves to narrate authentically and with all the complexities their aspirations, suffering and struggles.  Ramzy Baroud knows how to listen, contextualize and convey an inhumanity that has gone for too long and it is hoped that books like this would contribute to its end.” — Ilan Pappe

The Last Earth is a non-fictional narrative of modern Palestinian history. It is a unique rendition of people’s history – an account of how major historic events in Palestine and the greater Middle East impacted ordinary people, as well as how that mass of people, in their tenacity, and even in their dispossession, represent a force that determines history.

United States & Canada: 

Feb 20 at 12 pm, Olympia, Washington: Evergreen State College.

 

Feb 20, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Olympia, Washington: “The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story with Dr. Ramzy Baroud”. Hosted by the Rachel Corrie Foundation. Open to the Public. Venue: Traditions Cafe. For more information, click here.

 

Feb 24, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Seattle, Washington :  “Author Ramzy Baroud – Book Reading Dinner & KinderUSA Fundraiser”. Hosted by The Cherry Street Mosque, Edmonds Lutheran Church, Jewish Voice for Peace-Seattle. Open to the Public. For more information, click here.

 

Feb 27, 7:00 pm, Seattle, Washington : The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story with Ramzy Baroud”. Hosted by Seattle International Socialist Organization. Co-Sponsored by SUPER UW and the UW International Socialist Organization. For more information, click here.

 

Feb 28 at 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm, Vancouver, Canada: Dr. Ramzy Baroud and the Palestinian Narrative“. Open to the Public · Hosted by Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. For more information, click here.

 

Mar 1, 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm, Vancouver, Canada: “UBC SPHR Presents: Dr. Ramzy Baroud, a Palestinian Story“. Hosted by The Talon UBC, UBC Social Justice Centre, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights – UBC. For more information, click here.

 

Mar 2 at 7:00 pm, Victoria, Canada: “Giving the Palestinian Refugees a voice” Sponsored by Social Justice Studies, University of Victoria.

 

Mar 4 at 1:15 pm, Seattle, Washington: “What if the Palestinian Refugees told their own stories”? By invitation, University Unitarian Church (UUC) mailing lists and outreach. Hosted by University Unitarian Church Palestine/Israel Committee. 

 

Mar 5 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm, Edmonton, Canada: “A People’s History of Palestine, featuring Ramzy Baroud” Public lecture, University of Alberta. Sponsored by Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton. For more information, click here.

 

Mar 6, Edmonton, Canada: Meeting with the Shia Muslim Community. Sponsored by Palestine Solidarity Network – Edmonton.

 

Apr 19 at 07:00 pm, Seattle. Hosted by Elliot Bay Book Company. For more information, click here.

 

Apr 25 at 10:30 am, Spokane, Washington. Hosted by the Spokane Community Colleg Arab Cultural Club and Spokane Veterans for Peace.

 

United Kingdom and Austria: 

Mar 14, London. Hosted by London School of Economics.

 

Mar 15 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Manchester.  Hosted by Manchester Boycott Israel Group – Victory to Palestine! and Victory to the Intifada. For more information, click here.

 

Mar 16 05:00 pm – 07:00 pm, Leeds.  Hosted by University of Leeds – Palestine Solidarity Group. For more information, click here.

 

Mar 17 at 11:30 am, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Hosted by Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign. For more information, click here.

 

Mar 18 at 05:00 pm, Sheffield.  Hosted by Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Venue: UMIX Centre 17 Asline Rd, Sheffield

 

Mar 20, Birmingham

 

Mar 27 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm, London.  “Ramzy Baroud: The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story”Hosted by Middle East Monitor. Venue: Inperial College. For more information and free tickets, click here.

 

Apr 3, Portshmouth

 

Apr 4-7, Scotland

 

Apr 9, Vienna (Austria)

 

New Zealand and Australia

May 10 – May 28

South Africa:

July 17 – July 31

Interviews

Radio/Video interview, Seattle, January 6, regarding the book and its main message:

Read this review by Vacy Vlazna:

Learn more about the book here.

» Baroud in Telesur English: Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa

Baroud in Telesur English: Shadow Armies: The Unseen, But Real US War in Africa

There is a real – but largely concealed – war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook.

It is easy to pin the blame on U.S. President Donald Trump, his erratic agenda and impulsive statements. But the truth is, the current U.S. military expansion in Africa is just another step in the wrong direction. It is part of a strategy that had been implemented a decade ago, during the administration of President George W. Bush, and actively pursued by President Barack Obama.

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» Baroud in Gulf News: Israel’s Legacy of Terror and Ethnic Cleansing

Zionist colonisation in Palestine began in earnest in 1881, when the leaders of the Zionist Movement in Europe eyed Arab Palestine as an exclusive home for Jews, paying little heed to the indigenous inhabitants of the land. These early ambitions culminated to a bloody, and well-orchestrated terror campaign in 1947-48, resulting in the creation of the state of Israel atop the ruins of the Palestinian homeland.

This violent legacy continues to define the state of Israel to this day, through the use of what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe describe as “incremental genocide”.

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» Ours is a Liberation Movement: Ramzy Baroud on His New Book, BDS and More

Ours is a Liberation Movement: Ramzy Baroud on His New Book, BDS and More

Palestine Chronicle Editor, Dr. Ramzy Baroud was interviewed live at Community Forum, KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle Radio, on January 6 at 7:30 am.

In the interview, the Gaza-born Palestinian author discusses his forthcoming book: ‘THE LAST EARTH: A PALESTINIAN STORY‘ and the urgent need to situate Palestinian refugees back at the center of the Palestinian discourse.

He also addresses the the fight for Palestinian rights in Jerusalem, BDS, the meaning of true solidarity, the Palestine liberation movement and an array of other subjects.

(Palestine Chronicle)

» RT: Ramzy Baroud Confronts US-Israeli ‘Trickery’, Bullying Tactics (VIDEO)

RT: Ramzy Baroud Confronts US-Israeli ‘Trickery’, Bullying Tactics (VIDEO)

Palestinian-US Author and journalist, Dr. Ramzy Baroud exposes the bullying tactics of the Donald Trump administration and the incessant intimidation attempts by US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley targeting the Palestinian leadership on behalf of Israel.

In his latest appearance on RT TV, Baroud said that if the Palestinian leadership succumbs to US pressure, it would be a form of political suicide considering that the Palestinian people are fed-up with the useless ‘peace process’ that has made matters worse for Palestinians on the ground.

(PC, RT)

» ‘Hands Off Jerusalem’: Ramzy Baroud’s Speech in Seattle (VIDEO)

‘Hands Off Jerusalem’: Ramzy Baroud’s Speech in Seattle (VIDEO)

Palestinian author, journalist and Palestine Chronicle Editor, Dr. Ramzy Baroud delivered a speech at the ‘Hands Off Jerusalem’ rally downtown Seattle, Washington on December 16.

Below is the video and the full text of his speech.

My speech at the Hands Off Jerusalem protest downtown Seattle today.

Posted by Ramzy Baroud on Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hands Off Jerusalem

Mr. Trump: Jerusalem, Al-Quds is the capital of Palestine, and will always be the capital of Palestine no matter what you and your entire government think.

Jerusalem is the land of co-existence; for all peoples and all religions.

In fact, it had always been that way until Israel was created 70 years ago atop the ruins of Palestine.

And we will fight alongside Palestinians and their allies – Muslims, Christians, Jews and everyone else to give Jerusalem its identity back.

Jerusalem is the land of peace and tolerance, not violence, theft and military checkpoints.

It is not a piece of real estate owned by the Trump family to give away to Israel and its rightwing government as it pleases.

It was in Jerusalem that Jesus had once walked, teaching the people about love and faith.

It was there that Mohammed once prayed to God for mercy upon humankind.

It was in Jerusalem that thousands perished fighting to preserve that legacy of faith, peace and love for all of our prophets.

Trump is no prophet.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not a man of peace and integrity.

These two men should not be handed the fate of Jerusalem and its people.

They should not be allowed to challenge international law, or reverse the legacy of Jesus and Mohammed and the Palestinian people who have persisted and existed and fought for Jerusalem over the course of history.

But I promise you this: as we have fought for our rights and freedoms for 70 years, we will continue to resist with all of our strength for 70 years, and a thousand years more.

Not only because this is consistent with international law, but because the Palestinian people, generation after generation, are determined to make that a reality.

Our will derives its power, not from Donald Trump, but from the spirit of human decadency and the fact that we have lived in and protected Jerusalem for thousands of years.

If military occupation didn’t drive us out of Jerusalem, Donald J. Trump has no chance.

And we need; we need to stand with us. We need you in order for us to reverse this awful and irresponsible decision by Trump that impedes any chances for peaceful co-existence in Palestine.

We need you to stand in solidarity with our people. To speak out for human rights and justice.

To tell your President, HANDS OFF JERUSALEM.

Because Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. It is the capital of peace. The capital of faith. The capital of co-existence.

And Jerusalem al-Quds will always, always be the capital of Palestine.

» Radio: Dr. Ramzy Baroud unpacking Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Radio: Dr. Ramzy Baroud unpacking Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

President Trump just officially declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, upending decades of US diplomacy and threatening to spark massive unrest across the Muslim world.

Speaking in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room, Trump also announced his plan to eventually relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and begin the difficult logistical work of building a new diplomatic facility in the contested city.

Listen here

» Baroud in TRT: Trump’s Move to recognise Israel could overturn US Role in the Region

Baroud in TRT: Trump’s Move to recognise Israel could overturn US Role in the Region

When then Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump delivered his famous speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in March 2016, he revealed the type of politician he truly is. By Washington’s standards, he was a “good politician”, devoid of any values.

In his speech he made many promises to Israel. The large crowd could not contain their giddiness. AIPAC conferences are rarely platforms for rational thinking, but rather an undisguised, unmitigated love fest for Israel, and only Israel. Trump knew how to speak their language.

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» Baroud in Rebelión (traducido): 70 años de promesas rotas. La historia no contada del plan de partición

En una charla reciente ante el grupo de expertos de Chatham House en Londres, el primer ministro israelí Benjamin Netanyahu abordó el tema de un Estado palestino desde una perspectiva intelectual.

Antes de que pensemos en establecer un Estado palestino, reflexionó, “es hora de que reevaluemos si el modelo moderno que tenemos de soberanía y una soberanía sin restricciones es aplicable en cualquier parte del mundo”.

No es la primera vez que Netanyahu desacredita la idea de un Estado palestino. A pesar de las claras intenciones israelíes de poner en peligro cualquier oportunidad para la creación de dicho Estado, la administración estadounidense de Donald Trump está, según los informes, finalizando los planes para un “acuerdo de paz definitivo”. El New York Times sugiere que “el diseño del plan tendrá que construirse en torno a la llamada solución de dos estados”.

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