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» ‘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.

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» 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

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» 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”.

Seguir leyendo…

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» Baroud in Al Arabiya: Israeli hands in the American ‘fear industry’

There are about 70 massive walls erected all across the world with the single aim of separating countries and communities from each other. It is all done under the pretext of ‘security’, with the real intention often quite the opposite. Several of these walls are built or are in the process of being constructed by Israel over illegally-occupied Palestinian land.

Israel’s expertise has grown vastly in the field of wall construction, knowledge that is currently being exported to the United States and other countries. In fact, Israel has fashioned an entire security sector based on its fifty years of illegal military occupation of Palestine. Throughout the years, it has perfected the art of collective punishment, confining millions behind walls, trenches and military checkpoints.

With an entire population held behind various ‘security’ contraptions, and with wars being launched on a whim, millions of Palestinians have also become subjects for the testing of new Israeli weaponry.

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» Ramzy Baroud in Middle East Monitor: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan

In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective.

Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, “it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere in the world.”

It is not the first time that Netanyahu discredits the idea of a Palestinian state. Despite clear Israeli intentions of jeopardizing any chances for the creation of such a state, the US Administration of Donald Trump is, reportedly, finalizing plans for an ‘ultimate peace deal’. The New York Timessuggests that “the anticipated plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution.”

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» Ramzy Baroud in Al Jazeera: How a missing ‘the’ enabled Israeli occupation

When the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 in December 2016, Israeli leaders seethed. Their fury was duly understood to stem from what they perceived as an unprecedented betrayal by the United States.

But that was not it at all, since Resolution 2334 – which asserted that Israeli settlements have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of human rights – was partly predicated on, and clarified and added to, previous UNSC Resolution 242 of 1967.

This means that 50 years of incessant Israeli attempts to absolve itself from any commitment to international law have failed, and terribly so.

Resolution 242, which stipulated that the Israeli army has to withdraw from territories occupied in the 1967 war, has been cited in various agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and later, the Palestinian Authority (PA), but only as if to say that these agreements were legally binding. The citations did not accept the full legal context, obligations and retributions of international law as stipulated in the resolution.

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» Baroud in Middle East Monitor: How Israel is exporting its occupation to the US

Israeli footprints are becoming more apparent in the US security apparatus. Such a fact does not bode well for ordinary Americans.

US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” is set to punish any individual or company that boycotts Israel for its violation of Palestinian human rights.

The severe punishment could reach a million dollars in fines, and up to 20 years in jail. Although political boycott has been sanctioned by the US Supreme Court, Congress wants to make a boycott of Israel the exception, even if it means the subversion of US democracy.

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» Balfour Declaration’s 100 year anniversary: Media Interviews

Starting today and for a few days, Ramzy Baroud will be available for media interviews regarding the Balfour Declaration’s 100 year anniversary.

Read Institute for Public Accuracy press release below for more information.

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» Baroud in Washington Report on Middle East Affair: The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not the Palestinian People

SOME PROMISES ARE made and kept; others disavowed. But the “promise” made by Arthur James Balfour in what became known as the “Balfour Declaration” to the leaders of the Zionist Jewish community in Britain one hundred years ago was only honored in part: it established a state for the Jews and attempted to destroy the Palestinian nation.

In fact, Balfour, the foreign secretary of Britain at the time his declaration of 84 words was pronounced on Nov. 2, 1917, was, like many of his peers, anti-Semitic. He cared little about the fate of Jewish communities. His commitment to establishing a Jewish state in a land that was already populated by a thriving and historically rooted nation was only meant to enlist the support of wealthy Zionist leaders in Britain’s massive military buildup during World War I.

Whether Balfour knew it or not, the extent to which his short statement to the leader of the Jewish community in Britain, Walter Rothschild, would uproot a whole nation from their ancestral homes and continue to devastate several generations of Palestinians decades later, is moot. In fact, judging by the strong support his descendants continue to exhibit toward Israel, one would guess that he, too, would have been “proud” of Israel, oblivious to the tragic fate of the Palestinians.

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