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» Baroud in Al Jazeera – The Israel Lobby vs the First Amendment

Baroud in Al Jazeera – The Israel Lobby vs the First Amendment

The adage goes, “Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it.” Indeed, this is the very predicament in which the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) could soon find itself.

In its obsessive efforts to defeat the Palestinian-led boycott movement, AIPAC will soon force the revisitation of a long-dormant debate on the illegal Israeli military occupation of Palestine.

US mainstream media has long avoided an honest discussion on Israel and Palestine as if the mere acknowledgment of a Palestinian point of view, let alone Palestinian rights, is in itself a sinister act.

If it were not for alternative media and varied margins available in international media, the Palestinian voice would have been completely silenced, and Palestinians would merely exist as notorious “terrorist” figures standing obstacle to Israel’s supposedly Western-style democracy.

In fact, this is the very image that is constantly peddled by the Israeli government, its official propaganda (hasbara) machine and its many allies in the United States.

A large network that is purportedly motivated by its undying “love” for Israel, encompasses among its ranks powerful politicians, end-of-time religious fanatics, business interests and media moguls.

It is this conglomerate of individuals and the massive interests they represent that we often refer to as the “lobby”. AIPAC is the central piece in the lobby’s intricate web, which has to a large degree succeeded in tainting the oppressed Palestinian as an aggressor, and the militarily powerful Israel as a victim.

To ensure that ordinary Americans never understand that reality is entirely different from what the media reports, the Palestinian voice is habitually muffled and the Palestinian intellectual is hidden from view. For many years, the “debate” has rarely focused on Palestinian rights, but has been a one-sided Israeli diatribe about its security, future and its twisted, convenient and ever-flexible definition of anti-Semitism.

But the rise of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement posed a serious challenge to Israel’s self-tailored narrative.

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» Baroud in Al Jazeera: The Hamas-Dahlan Deal

Baroud in Al Jazeera: The Hamas-Dahlan Deal

“We have made mutual efforts with our brothers in Hamas to restore hope for Gaza’s heroic people,” Mohammed Dahlan told Palestinian legislators gathering in Gaza on Thursday, July 27. He spoke via satellite from his current exile in the United Arab Emirates.

The audience clapped. True, Gaza has been pushed to the brink of humiliation so that its truly heroic people may lose hope. But the fact that it was Dahlan that uttered these words appeared odd. More bizarre is the fact that his audience included top members of Hamas.

 

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.

It is convenient to blame such dramatic changes of attitude on the nature of politics, ever selfish, “pragmatic” and often brutal.

But it is far more complex, and tragic than such a truism.

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» Baroud in MEMO: War on BDS is Now War on American Democracy

Baroud in MEMO: War on BDS is Now War on American Democracy

There is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy.

The US government is declaring war on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The fight to defeat BDS has been ongoing for several years, but most notably since 2014.

Since then, 11 US states have passed and enacted legislation to criminalise the movement, backed by civil society, which aims to put pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestine.

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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» Ramzy Baroud in Middle East Monitor – The Story behind the Jerusalem Attack

Empowered by the Trump administration and assured by Haley’s tactics at the UN, Netanyahu feels that his dream of subduing East Jerusalem is being realized. The price of Netanyahu’s dream, however, is likely to be costly. On the day of the attack, several Palestinians were killed in various parts of the West Bank and a 3-year-old child from Gaza died while awaiting a permit to cross from the besieged region to the West Bank for treatment. None of this registered in international media.

The armed Palestinian attack on Israeli soldiers, however, made headlines around the world. More violence is likely to follow. Palestinians, who are dying without much media coverage, are desperate and angry as their holy city is crumbling under the heavy boots of soldiers, amid international silence and unconditional US support for the Israeli government.

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» Ramzy Baroud in Al Arabiya – Six months later: How different is the Trump administration?

It has been nearly six months since Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States. The lavish inauguration at the Capitol Building in Washington DC stood at odds with the country’s struggling economy, growing poverty and financial uncertainty for millions of Americans.

Since then, Republicans and Democrats have been locked in one of the ugliest political fights in the history of their nation.

 

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» Ramzy Baroud en Monitor de Oriente (Traducción): Empujando a Gaza al Suicidio: las Políticas de la Humillación.

Los gazatíes son supervivientes. Han soportado estas dificultades durante años y, de alguna forma, han subsistido. Pero ciertos pacientes de cáncer no pueden sobrevivir por mera dureza del carácter.

Rania, que vive en la ciudad de Gaza, es madre de tres hijos. Ha estado luchando contra el cáncer de mama durante un año. Sin quimioterapia, y con unos hospitales que apenas funcionan, ha tenido que realizar el arduo viaje a Jerusalén cada vez que ha tenido que ser tratada para salvar la vida.

Esto, hasta que Israel decidió no conceder más permisos a los pacientes terminales de Gaza, algunos de los cuales han muerto esperando dichos permisos y otros, como Rania, siguen esperando que ocurra un milagro antes de que el cáncer se extienda por sus cuerpos.

 

Sigue leyendo…

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» Ramzy Baroud para Monitor de Oriente- Empujando a Gaza al suicidio: las políticas de la humillación.

Los gazatíes son supervivientes. Han soportado estas dificultades durante años y, de alguna forma, han subsistido. Pero ciertos pacientes de cáncer no pueden sobrevivir por mera dureza del carácter.

Rania, que vive en la ciudad de Gaza, es madre de tres hijos. Ha estado luchando contra el cáncer de mama durante un año. Sin quimioterapia, y con unos hospitales que apenas funcionan, ha tenido que realizar el arduo viaje a Jerusalén cada vez que ha tenido que ser tratada para salvar la vida.

Esto, hasta que Israel decidió no conceder más permisos a los pacientes terminales de Gaza, algunos de los cuales han muerto esperando dichos permisos y otros, como Rania, siguen esperando que ocurra un milagro antes de que el cáncer se extienda por sus cuerpos.

Sigue leyendo

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» Baroud in Middle East Monitor, Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims

Two officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them, and I obliged. Being of Arab background, often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant.

In a back room, where other foreigners, mainly Muslims, were holed for ‘added security’, I was asked numerous questions about my politics, ideas, writing, children, friends and my late Palestinian parents.

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» Baroud in Gulf News: Nikki Haley is Israel’s ‘Bully’ at the UN

Baroud in Gulf News: Nikki Haley is Israel’s ‘Bully’ at the UN

This is all an outcome of the Haley doctrine. Her arrival at the UN has ignited a US-Israeli hate fest, not only targeting UN member states, but also international law and everything that the UN has stood for over the decades.

The US has blindly supported Israel at the UN throughout the years, but Haley’s position is totally supportive of Israel, with no regard whatsoever for her country’s allies, or the possible repercussions of dismissing the only international body that still serves as a platform for international engagement and conflict resolution.

However, with a huge leadership vacuum and no law to guide the international community in resolving a 70-year-old conflict, Haley’s cowboy tactics are likely to do much harm to an already bleeding region.

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» Al Jazeera – Baroud on Gaza’s ‘Game of Thrones’: A fight to defeat resistance

To think that Palestinian “leaders” are actually involved in tightening or manipulating the siege to exact political concessions from one another is dismaying.

While Israel is invested in maintaining the Palestinian rift, Palestinians are blinded by pitiful personal interests and worthless “control” over occupied land.

Between Israel’s dismissal of international calls to end the siege and the Palestinians’ pathetic power game, Palestinians in Gaza are left alone, unable to move freely, or live even according to the lowest acceptable living standards.

 

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