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Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

By Ramzy Baroud The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion.  Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan […]

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

By Ramzy Baroud The typical newsroom set-up, where journalists chase headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency – often based in some western capital – does not suffice any more. In the case of the Middle East, the news narrative has been defined by others and dictated on Arab journalists and audiences for far […]

CounterPunch: A People’s Historian: Ramzy Baroud on Journalism and History and Why ‘Palestinians Already Have a Voice’

CounterPunch: A People’s Historian: Ramzy Baroud on Journalism and History and Why ‘Palestinians Already Have a Voice’

By Romana Rubeo Palestinian-American historian, journalist and author, Dr. Ramzy Baroud, speaks on his upcoming book, just-released digital media project – Palestine in Motion – and why Palestinian history has to be urgently retold. When it comes to Palestine, we often see a dichotomy between mainstream media platforms – which are essentially molded out of […]

The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?

The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?

By Ramzy Baroud There is a saying that goes: “Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.” This has been Israel’s dilemma from the very beginning. The Zionist movement, which held its first conference in Basel, Switzerland 120 years ago, wanted Palestine but not the Palestinians. They achieved this objective 50 years […]

Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage

Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage

By Ramzy Baroud  As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified. Quoting former Israeli political adviser, Mitchell Barack, the New York Times referred to Trump as the “Liberace of world leaders”, in reference to flamboyant, piano player, Wladziu Valantino Liberace. The latter, known […]

Fear as an Obstacle to Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?

Fear as an Obstacle to Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?

By Ramzy Baroud Bat-Hen Epstein Elias’s long article on Iranian Jews is interesting. Parts of it, in fact, are heartwarming. Yet, despite the lack of any serious evidence, the story is entirely framed in the language of fear. Entitled, “All the Jews there live in fear that their telephones are tapped,” the story in ‘Israel […]

Ramzy Baroud: Nakba Forever Internalized among Exiled Palestinians

Ramzy Baroud: Nakba Forever Internalized among Exiled Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud – Al Jazeera At 76, Tamam lives in the same refugee camp to which her family fled after their exile from Palestine during the Nakba in 1948. At least 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed between 1947 and 1948, as more than 500 Palestinian villages and towns were demolished to make room for Jewish […]

Árabes y judíos deben desafiar juntos al pasado oficial de Israel

Árabes y judíos deben desafiar juntos al pasado oficial de Israel

Ramzy Baroud  Israel ha recurrido principalmente a tres estrategias para reprimir las demandas de Palestina de justicia y derechos humanos, incluido el derecho al retorno de los refugiados. Una de ellas es reescribir la historia; otra intentar distraer la atención de las realidades presentes; y la tercera intenta reclamar la historia palestina como una versión […]

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity is Palestine’s Nightmare

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity is Palestine’s Nightmare

By Ramzy Baroud The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target the country’s Arab communities, numbering nearly […]

Should Hamas Rewrite the Past?

Should Hamas Rewrite the Past?

By Ramzy Baroud Now that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its Charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity. Undoubtedly, Hamas’ first Charter, which was released to the public in August 1988, reflected a degree of great intellectual dearth and political naïveté. “Allah […]

Baroud in Al Jazeera: How Israel’s Violent Birth Destroyed Palestine

Baroud in Al Jazeera: How Israel’s Violent Birth Destroyed Palestine

By Ramzy Baroud – Al Jazeera As Israel celebrates the Palestinian Nakba as its triumphant independence on May 1, it is preparing for a massive celebration for the 50th anniversary of its occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Two dates are often used to frame the so-called Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Nakba Day on […]

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike

By Ramzy Baroud Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C.  In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners. East Jerusalem is cut off from the […]

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 […]

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