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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.

» 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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» VIDEO: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story – By Ramzy Baroud

VIDEO: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story – By Ramzy Baroud

‘Time to reclaim our historical narrative.’

THE LAST EARTH: A PALESTINIAN STORY

Noam Chomsky: ‘In the finest tradition of people’s history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims.’

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Ilan Pappe: ‘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.’

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» Ramzy Baroud (Tradotto per NenaNews): Cosa c’è dietro l’accordo Fatah-Hamas

L’entusiasmo mostrato dall’Egitto nel mediare tra Hamas e Fatah, le fazioni palestinesi in lotta tra loro, non è il frutto di un’improvvisa presa di coscienza. Il Cairo, infatti, non ha mai esitato a sfruttare le divisioni tra i palestinesi con conseguenze a volte devastanti, e a tenere chiuso il valico di Rafah.

L’azione dell’Egitto è, ovviamente, in sinergia con Israele e gli Stati Uniti. Tel Aviv e Washington sono cauti nel parlare dei colloqui tra le due fazioni palestinesi; tuttavia, nessuno nega con decisione la possibilità di un governo di unità nazionale, sotto la guida di Mahmoud Abbas, con l’assenso di Hamas.

Le dichiarazioni rilasciate all’inizio di ottobre dal Primo Ministro Israeliano Benjamin Netanyahu vanno proprio in questa direzione. Infatti, non ha escluso categoricamente un governo con la partecipazione di Hamas e Fatah; tuttavia, secondo Times of Israel, ha chiesto a “un possibile futuro governo palestinese di smantellare il braccio armato della nota organizzazione terroristica (Hamas), di recidere ogni legame con l’Iran e di riconoscere lo Stato di Israele.”

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» Ramzy Baroud (Traducido del inglés para Rebelión): Las grandes del petróleo, una democracia fallida y los falsos profetas

Hasta cierto punto, Aung San Suu Kyi es un falso profeta. Glorificada por Occidente durante muchos años, se convirtió en un “icono de la democracia” al oponerse a las mismas fuerzas militares que siguen hoy controlando su país, Birmania, en una época en que la coalición occidental dirigida por EEUU mantenía en aislamiento a Rangún por su alianza con China.

Aung San Suu Kyi jugó su papel como se esperaba que lo hiciera, consiguiendo la aprobación de la Derecha y la admiración de la Izquierda. Y por eso ganó el Premio Nobel de la Paz en 1991, incorporándose al elevado grupo de “Los Mayores”, mientras los medios de comunicación y diversos gobiernos la promocionaban como figura heroica a emular.

Hillary Clinton la describió en una ocasión como “esta extraordinaria mujer”. El recorrido de la “Lady” birmana de ser una paria política en su propio país, donde estuvo confinada bajo arresto domiciliario durante quince años, acabó finalmente en triunfo cuando se convirtió en la líder de Birmania tras una elección multipartidista celebrada en 2015. Desde entonces, ha visitado muchos países, cenado con reinas y presidentes, pronunciado discursos memorables, recibido premios mientras iba limpiando, con perfecto conocimiento de causa, la imagen del muy brutal ejército al que se había opuesto durante tantos años. (Incluso hoy, el ejército birmano tiene un poder casi de veto sobre todos los aspectos del gobierno.)

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» Baroud – Al Jazeera Centre for Studies: No Good Options in North Korea

In a barrage of tweets from his New Jersey golf course, US President Donald Trump formulated his country’s foreign policy in the strangest way possible. Not only did he dismiss any possible diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff between the US and North Korea using social media, he publicly told his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson not to bother exploring the diplomatic option with Pyongyang.

Tillerson is “wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man,” Trumped tweeted in reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Part of a larger war of words between the North Korean and US leaders, the “rocket man” reference was originally made by Trump at his first United Nations appearance last September.

True, the nature of the rhetoric in Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threat to “totally destroy North Korea” was not entirely new to his uniquely bizarre political discourse. But Trump alone cannot be blamed for Washington’s failure to navigate a successful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, which threatens US allies in East Asia and the Pacific.

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» Endorsements and How to Pre-Order: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

Endorsements and How to Pre-Order: The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story

This is a history of modern Palestine like no other: built from the testimony of people who have lived through it. Ramzy Baroud here gathers accounts from countless Palestinians from all walks of life, and from throughout the decades, to tell the story of the nation and its struggle for independence and security.

Challenging both academic and popular takes on Palestinian history, Baroud unearths here the deep commonalities within the story of Palestine, ones that draw the people together despite political divisions, geographical barriers and walls, factionalism, occupation, and exile.

Through these firsthand reports—by turns inspiring and terrifying, triumphant and troubled—we see Palestine in all its complexity and contradictions, ever vibrant in the memories of the people who have fought, physically and otherwise, for its future. A remarkable book, The Last Earth will be essential to understanding the struggles in the contemporary Middle East.

Baronesse Jenny Tonge:

‘Engaging, unforgettable, complex and unique. The Last Earth provides a unique way of tackling the problem of writing history. Reading The Last Earth is like walking around a gallery of old master paintings, each telling its own harrowing and often beautiful story about the same episode in human history. You may struggle with the names and generations therein, but you know already that this experience is going to be unforgettable.’

Salman Abu Sitta, author of Mapping my Return and the Atlas of Palestine:

‘This book is a powerful tool to revive and record the human history of al Nakba, the largest, longest, most comprehensive and still continuous ethnic cleansing in Palestine’s history. Al Nakba is not a traffic accident but a process subjecting its victims to a constant tragedy across many countries and many decades… a must read for all those who want to see the concealed human dimension of the Palestinian life and suffering.’

Noam Chomsky:

‘In the finest tradition of people’s history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims.’

Ilan Pappe:

‘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.’

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» Ramzy Baroud Announces the Launch of His New Book ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’

Ramzy Baroud Announces the Launch of His New Book ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’

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A fierce and strenuous challenge to the traditional approach to history in which Palestinians, mostly refugees, are the true protagonists.

“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

Seattle/London, October 04, 2017: 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.

Mixing the academic discipline of ‘History from Below’ and a refined literary style, this collection of narrative-based accounts challenges the perception that Palestinians, mostly refugees, are irrelevant in shaping their own history and the attempt by Zionist historians and institutions to replace the Palestinian historical narrative with a Zionist one.

“I wrote several books on Palestine, most of them dedicated to finding an alternative approach to communicating the Palestinian story,” Ramzy Baroud, said.  “This book is a culmination of previous efforts and, was inspired by my Ph.D. research on People’s History with Professor Ilan Pappe at the University of Exeter,” he added.

“In all of these efforts, I was compelled by the pressing need to relocate the centrality of the Palestinian narrative from an Israeli perspective to a Palestinian one, especially one that overlooks the typical elitist narrative and focuses instead on retelling the story from the viewpoint of ordinary, poor, underclass and working class Palestinians.”

As such, it challenges both academic and popular takes on the tragic and criminal events that comprise Palestinian history. In a work at once beautiful and harrowing, Baroud has masterfully weaved the dimensions of intergenerational time, as it stretches from before the Nakba (the Palestinian catastrophe that marked the brutal birth of the Israeli State) to the destruction of the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, to the flight from destroyed Yarmouk to Europe.

Its nine chapters contain complex characters whose stories overlap, creating echo after resounding echo of their profound collective experience. Each chapter, read individually, is like an icon for the experience of an entire generation. When read as a whole, the book tells the story of a people whose history cannot be reduced to a timeline of conflict, but rather is embroidered and torn with complex human emotions, hopes, dreams, struggles and priorities that seem to pay no heed to politics, the military balance or ideological rivalries.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His books include Searching Jenin, The Second Palestinian Intifada and his latest My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. His website is www.ramzybaroud.net.

Dr. Ramzy Baroud will be travelling on various speaking tours to promote his book and the cause of Palestinian refugees. If you would like to host him in your city, academic institution or any other community platforms, please contact Romana Rubeo: info@ramzybaroud.netwww.ramzybaroud.net

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