Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

Mission accomplished: Why solidarity boats to Gaza succeed despite failing to break the siege

When Mike Treen, the national director of the ‘Unite Union’ in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. Continue reading

Mahmoud Abbas, stop exploiting Ahed Tamimi for personal gain

The father of 11-year-old, Abdul Rahman Nofal contacted me, asking for help. His son was shot in the leg during Gaza’s ‘Great March of Return’ protests. The Strip’s dilapidated health care system could not save the little boy’s leg, as it was later amputated. Continue reading

Common enemy: Why Israel is embracing fascism in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials. Orban’s visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded for his often racist, anti-Semitic remarks. Continue reading

Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel was never a democracy

The head of the Arab Joint List Alliance at the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), Aymen Odeh, described the passing of the racist Jewish Nation-State Law as “the death of our democracy.” Continue reading

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya are lynched and held responsible

“In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.” Continue reading

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The refugee crisis is about to worsen

A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among various European countries. Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation. Continue reading

‘Deal of the century’ is not new and the PA leadership is not a victim

Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will fail. Palestinians will not exchange their 70-year long struggle for freedom for Jared Kushner’s cash; nor will Israel accept even if there is a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank. Continue reading

Did Israel inspire Trump’s family separation policy?

This past May, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It was a matter of weeks before the new policy began yielding tragic outcomes. Those attempting to unlawfully cross into the US were subject to federal criminal prosecution, while their children were taken away by federal authorities, which placed them in cage-like facilities. Continue reading

End the wars to halt the refugee crisis

Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. Continue reading

Beating the US ‘veto’: Palestinians need urgent protection from Israel

What is taking place in Palestine is not a ‘conflict.’ We readily utilize the term but, in fact, the word ‘conflict’ is misleading. It equates between oppressed Palestinians and Israel, a military power that stands in violation of numerous United Nations Resolutions. Continue reading

The colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the term ‘Israeli Occupation’

June 5, 2018, marked the 51st anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Continue reading

My home is Beit Daras: Our lingering Nakba

When Google Earth was initially released in 2001, I immediately rushed to locate a village that no longer exists on a map, which now delineates a whole different reality. Continue reading

Gazan Gandhis: Gaza bleeds alone as ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ go mute

Three more Palestinians were killed and 611 wounded last Friday, when tens of thousands of Gazans continued their largely non-violent protests at the Gaza-Israel border. Continue reading

The ghost of Herut: Einstein on Israel, 70 years ago

Albert Einstein, along with other Jewish luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, published a letter in the New York Times on December 4, 1948. That was only a few months after Israel had declared its independence and as hundreds of Palestinian villages were being actively demolished after their inhabitants were expelled. Continue reading

Media cover-up: Shielding Israel is a matter of policy

The term ‘media bias’ does not do justice to the Western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians. Continue reading

Why Israel feels threatened by popular resistance in Palestine

Why did Israel kill many unarmed Gaza protesters and wound over 2,000 on Friday, March 30, and on the following days, when they clearly posed no threat to Israeli soldiers? Continue reading

Rim Banna and the cultural war that Palestinians must win

Rim Banna passed away at the age of 51. Her death on March 24, after a decade-long battle with cancer, brought grief to Palestinians everywhere. Continue reading

The last ‘peace process’ warrior: Abbas hanging by a thread

The ‘deal of the century’ is a farce. We suspected that, of course, but, upon his return from Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed in more detail why the long-anticipated plan of the administration of US President Donald Trump has no basis in reality. Continue reading

Who wants to kill Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah?

On March 13, while on his way to the besieged Gaza Strip, two 33-pound bombs targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Continue reading

Will Israeli policies change if Netanyahu leaves office?

If scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exits his country’s political scene today, who is likely to replace him? And what does this mean as far as Israel’s Occupation of Palestine is concerned? Continue reading

Ahed’s generation: Why the youth in Palestine must break free from dual oppression

As global voices continue to demand the freedom of 17-year-old teenage Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi, Israeli authorities have arrested nine additional members of her family. Continue reading

Netanyahu’s corruption: How Israeli journalists project Israel’s crimes onto Palestinians

In an article published in Al-Monitor without a single verifiable citation, Israeli journalist, Shlomi Eldar, went to unprecedented lengths to divert attention from the corruption in his country. Continue reading

More than a fight over couscous: Why the Palestinian narrative must be embraced

As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad “inspired by the flavours of Palestine,” a controversy ensued. Israel’s supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine. Continue reading

The boomerang effect: How Netanyahu made Israel an American issue, and lost

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Continue reading

Foreign policy for sale: Greece’s dangerous alliance with Israel

For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. Continue reading

Whitewashing genocide in Myanmar

Although the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has gathered greater media attention in recent months, there is no indication that the international community is prepared to act in any meaningful way, thus leaving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded in border camps between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Continue reading

The trials of Africa and the real Dr. King they want us to forget

On January 15, millions of Americans commemorated Martin Luther King’s Day. His famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’ was repeated numerous times in media outlets as a reminder of the evil of racism, which is being resurrected in a most pronounced way in American society. Continue reading

In words and deeds: The genesis of Israeli violence

Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage. Continue reading

Shadow armies: The unseen, but real US war in Africa

There is a real—but largely concealed—war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook. Continue reading

Israel is a step closer to making Jerusalem a Jewish-only city

The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Continue reading

Year in review: Will 2018 usher in a new Palestinian strategy?

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process,’ at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. Continue reading

Whitewashing: The media’s two narratives on terrorism

Within hours after Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, allegedly detonated a pipe bomb in New York City on December 11, severely injuring himself and wounding four others, a most comprehensive official and media narrative emerged. Continue reading