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Interview with Ramzy Baroud: Western powers block efforts towards holding Israel accountable for its oppressive actions

Interview with Ramzy Baroud: Western powers block efforts towards holding Israel accountable for its oppressive actions

Thomas L. Friedman recently published an article in New York Times, titled “Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine” in which he insists that Netanyahu is the reason for the conflict. Do you agree with his point? Elsewhere in his article, Friedman names Moshe Yaalon as a decent man; is he really decent, considering how […]

The Paris Peace Gambit: Everyone Gains except the Palestinians

The Paris Peace Gambit: Everyone Gains except the Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud In their defense, the Israelis seem to have figured out the whole thing and opted out. But the hapless Palestinian leadership, along with their Arab League partners, joined by the French, EU and UN representatives, and even US Secretary of State, John Kerry, decided to play along. However, the French peace initiative-turned-conference […]

Israel’s Future is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon and Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’

Israel’s Future is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon and Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’

By Ramzy Baroud  Israeli society is constantly swerving to the Right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. Israel is now ‘ruled by the most extreme rightwing government in its history’ has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years. […]

The Reductionist View of an Intifada

The Reductionist View of an Intifada

By Ramzy Baroud Associating the ongoing Palestinian intifada (uprising) with the number of stabbings or alleged stabbings carried out by Palestinian youths was a mistake from the start. An intifada is a collective movement, not individual acts of violence, no matter how frequent. The current intifada dates back to last October, when a large number […]

Time to End the ‘Hasbara’: Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story

Time to End the ‘Hasbara’: Palestinian Media and the Search for a Common Story

By Ramzy Baroud  Merely being in the company of hundreds of Palestinian journalists and other media professionals from all over the world has been an uplifting experience. For many years, Palestinian media has been on the defensive, unable to articulate a coherent message, torn between factions and desperately trying to fend off the Israeli media […]

Ramzy Baroud in Conversation with Hawa Mayere

Ramzy Baroud in Conversation with Hawa Mayere

Ramzy Baroud speaks to Salaamedia’s, Hawa Mayere, at the Palestine International Forum for Media and Communications, Istanbul, Turkey – May 19, 2016.

Roots of the Conflict: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe

Roots of the Conflict: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe

By Ramzy Baroud On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine to make room for a ‘Jewish homeland’ came at a price of unrelenting violence and perpetual suffering. Palestinians refer to that enduring experience as ‘Nakba’, or ‘Catastrophe’. However, […]

Ramzy Baroud on the Listening Post: Who will Tell the Yemeni People’s Story?

Ramzy Baroud on the Listening Post: Who will Tell the Yemeni People’s Story?

While the international news media has trained its lens on the war in Syria, another conflict is failing to get its share of the coverage – Yemen. Both sides in this war have stocked up on all the media ammunition available – to fight the propaganda war. Rebel forces took over state media to tell […]

A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy

A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy

By Ramzy Baroud There is a witch-hunt in the British Labour Party. Britain’s Opposition party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is being hounded for not rooting out alleged anti-Semitism in his party. Those leading the charge are pro-Israel Zionists and their supporters within the party, members who are mostly allied with the former Prime Minister, the largely […]

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld?

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld?

By Ramzy Baroud I had mixed feelings when I learned that Palestine has erected a statue of Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African anti-Apartheid leader. On the one hand, I was quite pleased that the unmistakable connection between the struggles of Palestinians and South Africans is cemented more than ever before. On the other hand, […]

By Sparing Israel, Abbas Deepens Palestinian Split

By Sparing Israel, Abbas Deepens Palestinian Split

By Ramzy Baroud Palestinian National Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, is playing a very dangerous political game. At the same time as he is placing less pressure on the belligerent Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, he is keeping Palestinians further apart. Even when the 81-year-old leader no longer maintains his position, the legacy he has stubbornly […]

Did the Arabs Betray Palestine?

Did the Arabs Betray Palestine?

By Ramzy Baroud  At the age of 21, I crossed Gaza into Egypt to pursue a degree in political science. The timing could have not been worse. The Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990 had resulted in a US-led international coalition and a major war, which eventually paved the road for the US invasion of […]

At 80, Failed Abbas is Probed, Derided and Scapegoated

At 80, Failed Abbas is Probed, Derided and Scapegoated

By Ramzy Baroud   “We won’t act like them, we will not use violence or force, we are peaceful, we believe in peace, in peaceful popular resistance.” This was part of a message issued by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in October, only days after a few incidents took place in which Palestinian youth were […]

The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World

The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World

By Ramzy Baroud  “Whether he made a mistake or not, is a trivial question,” said an Israeli Jewish man who joined large protests throughout Israel in support of a soldier who calmly, and with precision, killed a wounded Palestinian man in al-Khalil (Hebron). The protesting Jewish man described Palestinians as ‘barbaric’, ‘bestial’, who should not be […]

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed, Not Condemned

Non-violent BDS Should Be Welcomed, Not Condemned

By Ramzy Baroud A thousand Israelis and their supporters gathered in Jerusalem’s International Convention Center on March 28 at a conference aimed at combating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The conference was a display of “fear, paranoia, anger and determination,” as described by Antony Loewenstein, and featured top government officials, members of the […]

Israel Cannot Win the Fight with BDS

Israel Cannot Win the Fight with BDS

By Ramzy Baroud  Serious efforts are being galvanized in Israel and outside to slow down the fast-moving momentum of the Palestine Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS). The latest of these efforts was a large, angry conference in occupied Jerusalem, which followed a series of conferences in the US. And more are being planned. This […]

Intifada for Dummies: Why a Popular Uprising is Yet to Take off?

Intifada for Dummies: Why a Popular Uprising is Yet to Take off?

By Ramzy Baroud  The nature of the current uprising in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is a testament to that claim. Previous uprisings were massive in their mobilization, clear in their message and decisive in their delivery. Their success or failure is not the point of this discussion, but the fact is that they […]

How Impunity Defines Israel and Victimizes Palestinians

How Impunity Defines Israel and Victimizes Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif was killed. In the style typical of Israeli aggression against unarmed Palestinians, he was first wounded after allegedly attempting to stab an Israel occupation soldier in the occupied city of Hebron. He lies on his back, his arms stretched across the road, and his head moving about. A […]

Federalism is a Pandora’s Box; if Syria Succumbs to It, Others Will Follow

Federalism is a Pandora’s Box; if Syria Succumbs to It, Others Will Follow

By Ramzy Baroud  The apparently sudden Russian military withdrawal from Syria, starting on 15 March, left political commentators puzzled, but few of the analyses offered should be taken seriously. There is little solid information about why the Russian leader decided to end his country’s military push in Syria. The intervention, which began last September, was […]

Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel

Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel

By Ramzy Baroud A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). On the […]

Politics Not as Usual: Is This the Age of American Fascism?

Politics Not as Usual: Is This the Age of American Fascism?

By Ramzy Baroud Regardless of the outcome of the American presidential primaries, or even the result of the general elections next November, a frightening phenomenon is under way. The US has decidedly moved to the Right, in fact the Ultra-Right; class differences are more pronounced than ever before, thanks to decades of neoliberal policies, the […]

‘Plan B’ – Not an Enigma: Why the West is Keen on Dividing the Arabs

‘Plan B’ – Not an Enigma: Why the West is Keen on Dividing the Arabs

By Ramzy Baroud When Arab streets exploded with fury, from Tunis to Sanaa, pan-Arabism seemed, then, like a nominal notion. Neither did the so-called ‘Jasmine Revolution’ use slogans that affirmed its Arab identity, nor did angry Egyptian youth raise the banner proclaiming Arab unity atop the high buildings adjacent to Tahrir Square. Oddly, the Arabism […]

Why We Must Transcend the Clinton-Sanders Debate: The Middle East in US Foreign Policy

Why We Must Transcend the Clinton-Sanders Debate: The Middle East in US Foreign Policy

By Ramzy Baroud  As US liberals and some leftists are pulling up their sleeves in anticipation of a prolonged battle for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination, the tussle becomes particularly ugly whenever the candidates’ foreign policy agendas are evoked. Of the two main contenders, Hilary Clinton is the obvious target. She is an interventionist, uncompromisingly, […]

Journalism in Times of Conflict, Occupation and Political Strife – FOA Interview with Ramzy Baroud

Journalism in Times of Conflict, Occupation and Political Strife – FOA Interview with Ramzy Baroud

FOA speaks to media consultant, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle, Ramzy Baroud about his tips and tricks of the trade and the importance of journalism and media in times of conflict, occupation and political strife. Social media and digital media has become a driving force for the future and the rise of citizen journalism […]

‘Good Labor – Bad Likud’: Dispelling the Myth of ‘Democracy’ within Israel’s Political Establishment

‘Good Labor – Bad Likud’: Dispelling the Myth of ‘Democracy’ within Israel’s Political Establishment

By Ramzy Baroud The Israeli ‘Right’, as demonstrated by a scary coalition of rightwing nationalists, ultranationalists and religious zealots, deserves all the bad press it has garnered since its formation last May. But none of this should come as a shock, as the ‘Right’ in Israel has never been anything but a coalition of demagogues […]

Next Onslaught in Gaza: Why the Status Quo is a Precursor for war

Next Onslaught in Gaza: Why the Status Quo is a Precursor for war

By Ramzy Baroud It is not true that only three wars have taken place since Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Other wars that were deemed insignificant or ‘skirmishes’ also took place. Operation Returning Echo in March 2012, for example, killed and wounded over 100 people. But since the death […]

The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon

The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon

By Ramzy Baroud  By Friday, January 29, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeq had spent 66-days on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Just before he fell into his third coma, a day earlier, he sent a public message through his lawyers, the gist of which was: freedom or death. Al-Qeq is 33-years of age, married and a […]

Why is Trauma Missing from Syria Refugee Debate?

Why is Trauma Missing from Syria Refugee Debate?

By Ramzy Baroud  The 12 million Syrian refugees may differ regarding the reasons why they had to flee their homes and country in the last five years. Yet, they are united in their plight and in the collective trauma of the violent dislocation they have all experienced. Half of those refugees are estimated to be […]

Gaza Speaks: This is What the Decade-long Siege Has Done to Us

Gaza Speaks: This is What the Decade-long Siege Has Done to Us

By Ramzy Baroud (With reporting from Yousef Aljamal in Gaza) Whenever Mariam Aljamal’s children hear the sound of thunder at night, they wet their beds. Their reaction is almost instinctive, and is shared by a large number of children throughout the Gaza Strip. Mariam’s three children – Jamal, Lina and Sarah – were all born […]

Defined by Nakba and Exile: The Complex Reality of ‘Home’ for Palestinians

Defined by Nakba and Exile: The Complex Reality of ‘Home’ for Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud When ISIS militias swept into Mosel, Iraq, in June 2014, Ibrahim Mahmoud plotted his flight, along with his whole family, which included 11 children. Once upon a time, Ibrahim was himself a child escaping another violent campaign carried out by equally angry militias. In his life-time, Ibrahim became a refugee twice, once […]