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Palestinian and Jewish Voices Must Challenge Israel’s Past Together

Palestinian and Jewish Voices Must Challenge Israel’s Past Together

By Ramzy Baroud Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. One is dedicated to rewriting history; another attempts to distract from present realities altogether and a third aims at reclaiming the Palestinian narrative as essentially an Israeli one. The […]

When Daesh is Defeated: Who Will Fill the Intellectual Vacuum in the Arab World?

When Daesh is Defeated: Who Will Fill the Intellectual Vacuum in the Arab World?

By Ramzy Baroud Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached Al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous others has marginalised its intellectuals. Arab visionaries have either been […]

Palestine Retold: Palestine’s Tragic Anniversaries Are Not Only about Remembrance

Palestine Retold: Palestine’s Tragic Anniversaries Are Not Only about Remembrance

By Ramzy Baroud For Palestinians, 2017 is a year of significant anniversaries. While historians mark May 15th as the anniversary of the date on which Palestinians were expelled from their historic homeland in 1948, the fact is the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians began in earnest in 1947. In strict historical terms 1947 and ‘48 […]

Normalization under Occupation: How Israel Understands the Arab Peace Initiative

Normalization under Occupation: How Israel Understands the Arab Peace Initiative

By Ramzy Baroud Once more, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 is taking center stage. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas insisted during his speech before the recently-concluded Arab League Summit in Jordan, that the Initiative is the only solution on the table; asserting that it will not be changed or even tweaked. But why […]

The Next Phase in the War on BDS: Why Israel Detained Omar Barghouti

The Next Phase in the War on BDS: Why Israel Detained Omar Barghouti

By Ramzy Baroud The Israeli state has violated international law more than any other country, yet has rarely, if ever, been held accountable for crimes and misconduct. Israel’s successful public relation campaigns through the ever-willing western media partners, coupled with the relentless work and pressure carried out by its powerful backers in Washington DC, London, […]

‘Decolonizing the Mind’: Using Hollywood Celebrities to Validate Islam

‘Decolonizing the Mind’: Using Hollywood Celebrities to Validate Islam

By Ramzy Baroud When Terry Holdbrooks Jr., converted to Islam in 2003, he was inundated with death threats and labeled a ‘race traitor.’ If a religious conversion ever deserves to be admired, Holdbrooks’ conversion does, and not because Islam has ‘won’ yet another convert, but because the new convert was assigned the very rule of […]

US and Israeli Codependent Relationship is Not Just about Money

US and Israeli Codependent Relationship is Not Just about Money

By Ramzy Baroud “We must look back twenty-five years to realize how far Israel has fallen in world support,” wrote famed Jewish scholar, Harvard sociologist, Nathan Glazer in 1976. In the last forty years since Glazer wrote his piece, which was uncovered and transmitted by Philip Weiss, Israel’s global support has fallen much further. The […]

Baroud in Al Jazeera: How America Became Pro-Israel

Baroud in Al Jazeera: How America Became Pro-Israel

By Ramzy Baroud Mere days after Donald Trump won the US presidential election, American Zionists moved quickly to ensure that Israeli interests were fully guarded by the new administration. The Zionist Organization of America wasted no time, hobnobbing with notorious racists, also known for their anti-Jewish agendas. ZOA’s annual gala on November 20 hosted none other […]

Only the Israeli Dead Matter: Israel’s Failure at Investigating Its Bloody Wars

Only the Israeli Dead Matter: Israel’s Failure at Investigating Its Bloody Wars

By Ramzy Baroud At a glance, Israel appears a true democracy. Take a closer look and that facade of democracy will soon dissipate, turning into something else entirely. Tuesday 28 February was one of those moments. The chain of events was as follows: An official Israeli State Comptroller issued another report on the Israeli government’s […]

American Muslims, No Apology Necessary

American Muslims, No Apology Necessary

By Ramzy Baroud I have recently been asked to give a talk about “Being an American Muslim in the United States”. Although wary of the uses and abuses of the term, I obliged. Islam is a religion propelled by values, not race nor, theoretically, by blind tribal allegiances, I explained. The “American Muslim” identity which […]

Palestinians See More of the Same: Interview with Ramzy Baroud

Palestinians See More of the Same: Interview with Ramzy Baroud

President Trump has offered mixed signals about precisely what his attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be, but Palestinians see little prospects for meaningful improvement, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Washington reaffirmed one thing in terms of U.S./Israeli relations: that not much will change […]

The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself

The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself

By Ramzy Baroud The President of the United States can hardly be taken seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political outlook about important issues. This is precisely the type of American presidency that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefers. However, […]

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

By Ramzy Baroud Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. The passing of the “Regularisation Bill” on 6 February is all we need to imagine the […]

The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

By Ramzy Baroud  I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths. US mainstream media, which rarely deviates from supporting the American government’s conduct, however reckless, is now presenting Trump as […]

Israel Rejoices in Unbridled Colony Expansion amid Trump’s Havoc

Israel Rejoices in Unbridled Colony Expansion amid Trump’s Havoc

By Ramzy Baroud Within days of US President Donald Trump being sworn in, the Israeli government announced the approval of around 2,500 new housing units. Within the first two weeks of Trump’s presidency, the number of new housing units, all to be built illegally on Palestinian land, was raised to 5,500, including the first brand […]

Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle East

Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump is about to do just that, reversing an historical course that has been in the making for one hundred years. The inexperienced, demagogic politician hardly understands the danger that lies in his decision to move […]

Paris and the End to a Western-dominated Era in the Middle East

Paris and the End to a Western-dominated Era in the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud No, it was not just ‘another Middle East peace conference,’ as a columnist in Israeli ‘Jerusalem Post’ attempted to depict the Paris Peace Conference held on January 15, with top official representations from 70 countries attending.  If it was, indeed, just ‘another peace conference’, representatives from the Israeli government and the Palestinian […]

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 […]

Azaria Case Leaves Israel Exposed

Azaria Case Leaves Israel Exposed

By Ramzy Baroud For a long time, the Israeli hasbara (propaganda) machine proved to be the best in the world. It had no real competition as the official Israeli discourse presented the world with a highly inaccurate version of reality and in doing so, managed to sustain and feed misconceptions for decades. These efforts worked […]

The Balancing Act is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us about Israel

The Balancing Act is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us about Israel

By Ramzy Baroud   For some, the ‘manslaughter’ conviction – following the murder by Israeli army medic, Elor Azaria, of already incapacitated Palestinian man, Fattah al-Sharif – is finally settling a protracted debate regarding where Israelis stand on Palestinian human rights. Nearly 70 percent of the Israeli public supports calls to pardon the convicted soldier, […]

Why the Fear-mongering? Only One Democratic State is Possible in Palestine and Israel

Why the Fear-mongering? Only One Democratic State is Possible in Palestine and Israel

By Ramzy Baroud Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on the uncertain future of the two-state solution and the need to save Israel from itself, the subject of a Palestinian state has been paramount. In fact, unlike common […]

A Blessing in Disguise?  The Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine

A Blessing in Disguise?  The Trump Presidency May be Better for Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an extremist, David Friedman, as the next US Ambassador to Israel who intends to relocate the US Embassy from […]

Palestine 2017: Time to Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe

Palestine 2017: Time to Bid Farewell to Washington and Embrace the Globe

By Ramzy Baroud There is no doubt that the UN Security Council condemnation of Israel on Friday was an important and noteworthy event. True, the United Nations’ main chambers (the Security Council and the General Assembly) and its various institutions, ranging from the International Court of Justice to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, have repeatedly […]

For Palestinians, Zionism only Means One Thing

For Palestinians, Zionism only Means One Thing

By Ramzy Baroud On 12 December, the British government officially adopted a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes legitimate criticism of Israel. The definition was adopted earlier in the year by pro-Israeli group IHRA, although it was considered but abandoned by the European anti-racism agency in 2005. It is a rather dangerous move which will […]

Navigating War: Has the War in Syria also Destroyed Journalism?

Navigating War: Has the War in Syria also Destroyed Journalism?

By Ramzy Baroud When a veteran war reporter like Robert Fisk constructs his argument regarding the siege of Aleppo based on ‘watching’ video footage, then one can truly comprehend the near impossibility of adequate media coverage on the war in Syria. In a recent article in the British ‘Independent’, Fisk reflects on the siege, uprising […]

Where is Fatah Headed after Its Seventh Congress?

Where is Fatah Headed after Its Seventh Congress?

By Ramzy Baroud After years of holding the Palestinian struggle hostage to their factional-feud, the current enemy of Palestinian unity today is not just the Fatah-Hamas dispute. According to Mouin Rabbani, writing in Al Jazeera, another pressing problem is the power struggle within Fatah itself. It is unfortunate that the Palestinian leadership often substitutes its failure […]

Hold Your Applause, Fatah, the Palestinian Body Politic is Rotten to the Core

Hold Your Applause, Fatah, the Palestinian Body Politic is Rotten to the Core

By Ramzy Baroud In July 2003, the then Palestinian Authority Chairman, Yasser Arafat, described Mahmoud Abbas as a “traitor” who “betrayed the interests of the Palestinian People.” Arafat loathed Abbas to the very end. This particular outburst was made during a meeting with United Nations envoy Terje Larsen. The meeting took place a few months after […]

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity with Palestine

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity with Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud  The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the ‘biggest-ever campaign’ aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those of companies that contribute to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. In a recently issued press release, the civil society-led group highlighted “99 actions that will take place […]

Baroud in Al Jazeera: Time to Reclaim International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Baroud in Al Jazeera: Time to Reclaim International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Palestinian author and journalist, Ramzy Baroud argued in a piece published today in Al Jazeera that the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People must be reclaimed by civil society and people everywhere. “Although November 29 has galvanized pro-Palestinian communities around the world for decades, a few facts and problems about this day must […]

On Palestine, Obama and Trump Are All the Same

On Palestine, Obama and Trump Are All the Same

By Ramzy Baroud There are only a few weeks standing between us and January 20, when United States President-elect Donald Trump becomes ‘President Trump’. But many are still clinging onto some hope, however desperate, that this period of time, albeit rather short, will bring about a sea change. One of these persisting hopes is that […]

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