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» Baroud in Al Jazeera: Trump’s Embassy Move to Jerusalem ‘Self-Destructive’

Baroud in Al Jazeera: Trump’s Embassy Move to Jerusalem ‘Self-Destructive’

By Ramzy Baroud – Al Jazeera

Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump is about to reverse an historical course that has been in the making for 100 years.

The inexperienced, demagogic politician hardly understands the danger that lies in his decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If he goes through with this, he is likely to unleash an episode of chaos in an already volatile region.

The move, which is now reportedly in the “beginning stages”, is not a mere symbolic one, as some naively reported in Western mainstream media. True, American foreign policy has been centered mostly on military power, rarely historical fact.

But Trump, known for his thoughtlessness and impulsive nature, is threatening to eradicate even the little common sense that governed US foreign policy conduct in the Middle East.

If the new president moves forward with his plan, unsympathetic to Palestinian pleas and international warnings, he is likely to regret the unanticipated consequences of his action …

– Read article in full. Click here.

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» Sabawi, Bseiso, Baroud Win Palestine Book Award – Creative Category

Sabawi, Bseiso, Baroud Win Palestine Book Award – Creative Category

Ramzy Baroud — Our book – I REMEMBER MY NAME – has just won the Palestine Book Awards’ Creative category.

I am humbled and very proud of my two amazing co-poets – Samah Sabawi and Jehan Bseiso – fantastic editor Dr. Vacy Vlazna and inspired artist David Borringon.

A special thank you to my friend, Kashmiri-American poet, Rafiq Kathwari for helping me refine my verses throughout the years.

Please spread the word and buy the book.

All money generated will go to a Gaza charity.

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» Ramzy Baroud Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Ramzy Baroud Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Ramzy Baroud: Non-Resident Scholar, Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.

Specialization: Interdisciplinary Research Hub Affiliation(s): Governance & Human Rights Hub

Dr. Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, media consultant, author and internationally-syndicated columnist. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Palestine Studies from the European Centre for Palestinian Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. His books include Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion; The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle; and My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.

Baroud is the current President of the Seattle-based educational charity, The People’s Media Project and has served in both editorial and research positions in various organizations and media companies in the Middle East and Europe.

Baroud’s research employs research techniques that are most common within the genre of people’s history (or ‘history from below’), which attempts to shape historical narratives from the perspectives of ‘ordinary’ people, as opposed to those in positions of prominence. Having used the genre of ‘people’s history’ in previous books and writings, Baroud wishes to extend it in his current research regarding the plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria before and during the present war.

Fore More info visit: Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies (UCSB)

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» Malayalam Edition of Ramzy Baroud’s Latest Book Launched in Doha, Qatar

Malayalam Edition of Ramzy Baroud’s Latest Book Launched in Doha, Qatar
Ramzy Baroud: I received this photo and message regarding the launch of the Malayalam edition of my book MY FATHER WAS A FREEDOM FIGHTER in Doha, Qatar yesterday. I am very grateful to all the people who made this happen, and I am sorry I was not able to be there with you at the event. Much love and respect to all .. Ramzy Baroud
 
“Dr Ataullah (left), a Qatar-based plastic surgeon from Gaza, releasing the Malayalam translation of “My Father was a Freedom Fighter”, written by eminent author and journalist Ramzy Baroud, in Doha, on November 12, by handing a copy to Prof P V Saeed Muhammad. Also seen are Dr Auswaf Ahsan (behind), Editor, Other Books, and P K Niaz (far right), Senior Journalist at The Peninsula newspaper, Qatar, who translated the book.” 
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» Ramzy Baroud in Aljazeera: How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

Ramzy Baroud in Aljazeera: How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

Ninety-nine years since Balfour’s “promise”, Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

By Ramzy Baroud

When I was a child growing up in a Gaza refugee camp, I looked forward to November 2. On that day, every year, thousands of students and camp residents would descend upon the main square of the camp, carrying Palestinian flags and placards, to denounce the Balfour Declaration.

Truthfully, my giddiness then was motivated largely by the fact that schools would inevitably shut down and, following a brief but bloody confrontation with the Israeli army, I would go home early to the loving embrace of my mother, where I would eat a snack and watch cartoons.

At the time, I had no idea who Balfour actually was, and how his “declaration” all those years ago had altered the destiny of my family and, by extension, my life and the lives of my children as well.

All I knew was that he was a bad person and, because of his terrible deed, we subsisted in a refugee camp, encircled by a violent army and by an ever-expanding graveyard filled with “martyrs”.

Decades later, destiny would lead me to visit the Whittingehame Church, a small parish in which Arthur James Balfour is now buried.

While my parents and grandparents are buried in a refugee camp, an ever-shrinking space under a perpetual siege and immeasurable hardship, Balfour’s resting place is an oasis of peace and calmness. The empty meadow all around the church is large enough to host all the refugees in my camp.

– Read full article: How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland – Ramzy Baroud, Aljazeera

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» Palestina. Divide et impera: le divisioni che uccidono la speranza di libertà

Palestina. Divide et impera: le divisioni che uccidono la speranza di libertà

“Non ci sarà mai una Palestina libera se prima i palestinesi non libereranno se stessi dalla repressione delle divisioni e del fazionalismo”: il punto di vista dell’analista palestinese Ramzy Baroud sulle ultime elezioni locali (rimandate).

Mentre i palestinesi nei Territori occupati si preparano per le elezioni locali, previste per ottobre, le divisioni e il “fazionalismo” stanno raggiungendo il loro punto più alto. (Le elezioni sono state poi posticipate a dicembre come stabilito dalla Suprema Corte Palestinese, proprio a causa delle divisioni tra Hamas e Fatah, NdT).

Le piattaforme politiche palestinesi e i social network sono un caos di propaganda controproducente: i sostenitori di Fatah attaccando i presunti fallimenti di Hamas, e i sostenitori di Hamas fanno esattamente lo stesso.

Quello che invece non viene opportunamente menzionato – per convenienza di entrambi – è che le attività delle municipalità palestinesi sono quasi del tutto irrilevanti nel più vasto schema di cose.

In Cisgiordania i Consigli locali sono governati da uno stretto accordo tra Israele e l’Autorità Palestinese. Escluse pochissime questioni, i Consigli delle città e dei villaggi non possono operare senza un via libera: un’autorizzazione da parte dell’Autorità, a sua volta condizionata al via libera delle autorità di Occupazione israeliane.

Questo sistema è applicato praticamente a tutto: dai servizi di base ai permessi edili o per scavare pozzi. Tutte queste decisioni sono inoltre condizionate agli accordi con i donatori che garantiscono liquidità, che sono a loro volta politicamente indirizzati.

Biasimare un sindaco locale di un piccolo villaggio della Cisgiordania, magari circondato da muri, torrette di controllo e trincee israeliane, ed attaccato quotidianamente da coloni israeliani armati, per aver fallito nell’aver migliorato la vita degli abitanti del villaggi, è ridicolo proprio come sembra.

Le elezioni locali, ad ogni modo, sono anche indirizzate politicamente e in base al fazionalismo. Fatah, che controlla l’Autorità Palestinese, sta prendendo tempo nel tentativo di riacquisire popolarità.

Non avendo più un ruolo predominante nel guidare i palestinesi nella loro richiesta di libertà, Fatah inventa costantemente sistemi per auto-proclamarsi come una forza politica rilevante.

Tuttavia, può farlo solo con il permesso di Israele, dei donatori internazionali e dell’approvazione politica di Stati Uniti e Occidente. Hamas, che potrebbe sostenere alcuni candidati selezionati, ma non può partecipare in modo diretto alle elezioni, è a sua volta sotto attacco. È sottoposta a stretto assedio a Gaza e la sua politica regionale si è rivelata costosa e inaffidabile. Mentre non è corrotta come Fatah – almeno, finanziariamente – è spesso accusata di affermare il suo potere a Gaza attraverso l’uso del favoritismo politico.

Mentre si insiste sull’unità nazionale, è difficile immaginare un’unione di successo tra i due gruppi senza un fondamentale cambio nella struttura di questi partiti e un rinnovamento della loro visione politica in generale.

In Palestina, le fazioni percepiscono la democrazia come una forma di controllo, di potere e di egemonia, non come un contratto sociale finalizzato a promuovere il dialogo e disinnescare i conflitti. 

Pertanto, non c’è da meravigliarsi che i sostenitori di due fazioni di Fatah – una leale al presidente dell’Autorità Palestinese Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) e l’altra a Muhammad Dahlan – si siano recentemente scontrati a Gaza. Diversi sono finiti all’ospedale con ferite abbastanza gravi. Naturalmente, un punto principale rimane la guerra del 2007, circa un anno dopo la vittoria di Hamas alle ultime elezioni parlamentari.

La cultura politica di Hamas e Fatah ha fallito nel comprendere che il partito perdente dovrebbe semplicemente ammettere la sconfitta e servire la sua causa all’opposizione, e quello vincente non può assumere il voto come un mandato per la dominazione assoluta della sua fazione. 

Altri fattori contribuiscono alla divisione intra-palestinese. Gli Stati Uniti, al servizio di Israele, vorrebbero assicurare il collasso del governo di Hamas e condizionare il loro sostegno a Fatah sulla promessa del rifiuto a qualsiasi governo di unità nazionale (che preveda la presenza di Hamas, NdT). Anche Israele crea gravi problemi, restringendo la libertà di movimento di membri del Parlamento eletti, arrestandoli, e talvolta confinandoli all’esilio nella Striscia di Gaza.

L’Unione Europea e le Nazioni Unite raramente sono state d’aiuto: avrebbero potuto insistere sul rispetto dell’elettorato palestinese, ma sono state schiacciate sotto il peso delle pressioni statunitensi.

Ad ogni modo, è impossibile negare che questi fattori da soli non sarebbero stati sufficienti a frammentare l’unità palestinese, se le fazioni avessero davvero voluto mantenerla. 

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– Palestina. Divide et impera: le divisioni che uccidono la speranza di libertà. Ramzy Baroud, osservatorioiraq.it.

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» Palestine Children’s Relief Fund: Support Ramzy Baroud’s Seattle & Rome Marathons

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund: Support Ramzy Baroud’s Seattle & Rome Marathons

Dear Friends,

I am running my next two marathons, in Seattle and Rome, to support the amazing efforts of Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF).

PCRF saves lives. It heals children in Palestine and across the Middle East and gives them another opportunity to lead normal lives.

My next marathon in Seattle is on Nov. 27th, and it’s my tenth full marathon. I will then resume training to run the Rome Marathon on April 2nd. My goal is quite humble. Only 4,000 dollars, but, with your help, I hope to reach and exceed that goal quickly.

I really need support to make this happen. Please visit the page below and contribute to my two marathons. Each contribution is an investment in the future of Palestine’s most precious commodity, its young people. Only they will deliver the coveted freedom, and sow the seeds of hope for many years to come.

I appreciate your support.

Click to DONATE.

Ramzy Baroud 

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» Baroud in Japan Times: Honor Aylan Kurdi by ending the Syrian war

Baroud in Japan Times: Honor Aylan Kurdi by ending the Syrian war

By Ramzy Baroud – Japan Times

[…] To put things in perspective, one only needs to marvel at these numbers:

Syria’s population is 17 million people, of whom 6.6 million are internally displaced in Syria itself and 4.7 million are refugees in the region (approximately 2.6 million in Turkey, 1.1 million in Lebanon, 637,000 in Lebanon, 245,000 in Iraq and 118,000 in Egypt); this is in addition to nearly 1 million seeking asylum in Europe, most of whom arrived on the continent atop small dinghies, and of whom thousands have died trying.

According to Mercy Corps, of the whole population, 13.5 million Syrians are in need of urgent assistance, as many have perished to death or are dying because of malnutrition and starvation.

There are two ways in which these numbers can be viewed: One, as a way to exploit them to score pitiful political points — as many, unfortunately, do. Another, as a way to recognize the hideousness of the war and unite all efforts to end it, with a dignified political settlement that recognizes that in a situation so exceedingly grim, there can be no winners. But that political settlement cannot be an exclusive political affair, of concern only to the great powers.

– Read more: Honor Aylan Kurdi by ending the Syrian war, Ramzy Baroud, Japan Times

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» Ramzy Baroud: Böl ve yönet politikası

Filistin toplumu içinde bölünme İsrail’in şiddet işgalini sona erdirmek için ya da tek bir amaç ardında Filistinlileri ralli herhangi birleşik bir strateji yolunda önemli bir engel haline görülmemiş seviyelere ulaşmıştır.
İsrail Savunma Bakanı Avigdor Lieberman çok iyi bu anlar. Ofisine yükseliş geçen Mayıs beri yaptığı taktik daha da Filistin toplumunu yıkmak için bir yol olarak bu bölünmelerin daha fazla yatırım üzerinde odaklanmaktadır.
Lieberman bir olan “aşırı” bile İsrail ordusunun düşük standartları ile karşılaştırıldığında ise. Onun geçmiş mirası şiddet ve ırkçı beyanları ile dolu idi. Onun daha yeni patlatır geç Mahmud Derviş, Filistin en ünlü şair alarak içerir. Halkının özgürlüğünü savunan – – O Derviş’in şiiri karşılaştırarak kadar gitti Adolf Hitler’in otobiyografisi, “. Kavgam” için
tabii ki, ama bu Lieberman’ın en çirkin bir ifade değil. Lieberman’ın geçmiş provokasyonlar bol. Oldukça yakın, 2015 yılında, o da tam sadık değilse İsrail bir balta Filistinli vatandaşlar ile kafasını kesmekle tehdit “Yahudi devleti,” İsrail’in Filistinli vatandaşlarının etnik temizliğe savundu ve eski Filistin Başbakanı’na bir ölüm ültimatom yaptı İsmail Haniye.
– Ramzy Baroud: Böl ve yönet politikası
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» La guerre d’Israël contre les ONGs prend un tour très inquiétant

Ramzy Baroud – “Tu mérites de voir souffrir et mourir tes proches et ceux que tu aimes. Mais peut-être seras-tu frappé avant eux,” était une partie du message de menace reçu par un membre de l’équipe de direction d’Al-Mezan, une organisation de défense des droits de l’homme, basée à Gaza.

Al-Mezan, avec trois autres organisations palestiniennes – Al-Haq, Addameer et le PCHR (Palestinian Center for Human Rights) – s’active beaucoup à faire avancer une plainte contre Israël devant l’ICC (International Criminal Court) sous l’accusation de crimes de guerre en Palestine, particulièrement durant la guerre contre Gaza en 2014.

En avril 2015, l’Autorité Palestinienne (AP) a officiellement signé le Status de Rome et dans le mois de novembre qui a suivi, les organisations sus-mentionnées ont présenté un ensemble substantiel de faits prouvant qu’Israël devait être suspecté de crimes de guerre et de crimes contre l’humanité.

– La guerre d’Israël contre les ONGs prend un tour très inquiétant – Ramzy Baroud, Chronique de Palestine

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