Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

The terror next time: The Daesh story is not ending

Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, has been reduced to rubble. It has been finally conquered, snatched back from the notorious group, Daesh, after months of merciless bombardment by the US-led war coalition, and a massive ground war. Continue reading

Nuclear apocalypse: Trump and Kim should not hold the world hostage

Not too far away from Seattle, Washington, there are eight ballistic-missile submarines carrying the world’s large shipments of nuclear weapons. Continue reading

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins refuse to surrender 116 times

On August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the premises, the village resident immediately began rebuilding their homes. Continue reading

‘The Palestine Exception’: War on BDS is now a war on American democracy

There is something immoral in Washington, D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. Continue reading

Power to the people: Why Palestinian victory in Jerusalem is a pivotal moment

Neither Fatah nor Hamas have been of much relevance to the mass protests staged around Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Neither have American pressure, half-hearted European ‘concern about the situation’ or cliché Arab declarations made one iota of difference. United Nations officials warned of the grim scenarios of escalation, but their statements were mere words. Continue reading

Fear and trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel losing the Syria war?

Israel, which has played a precarious role in the Syrian war since 2011, is furious to learn that the future of the conflict is not to its liking. Continue reading

The story behind the Jerusalem attack: How Trump and Netanyahu pushed Palestinians into a corner

In early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. Continue reading

Fighting the wrong enemy: Why Americans hate Muslims

Two officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them, and I obliged. Being of Arab background, often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant. Continue reading

‘The world is (not) flat’: ‘Trumpism’ is symptom of decades-long imperial arrogance

No matter how hard White House officials try, they cannot construct a coherent ‘Trump doctrine’ that would make sense amid the chaos that has afflicted US foreign policy in recent months. Continue reading

Pushing Gaza to suicide: The politics of humiliation

Mohammed Abed is a 28-year-old taxi driver from the village of Qarara, near the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. He has no teeth. Continue reading

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. Continue reading

Journalism, history and war: Sit, type and bleed

The typical newsroom set-up, where journalists chase after news headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency—often based in some Western capital—does not suffice any more. Continue reading

The unwanted ‘bride’: Can the 1967 war offer opportunity for peace?

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. Continue reading

Trump’s visit to Israel: How Palestine disappeared from US media coverage

As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified. Continue reading

Fear as an obstacle to peace: Why are Israelis afraid?

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. Continue reading

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s precarious identity is Palestine’s nightmare

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 two million people. Continue reading

New charter: Should Hamas rewrite the past?

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. Continue reading

The prisoners’ revolt: The real reasons behind the Palestinian hunger strike

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. Continue reading

Palestinian & Jewish voices must jointly challenge Israel’s past

Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. Continue reading

When Daesh is defeated: Who will fill the intellectual vacuum in the Arab world?

Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. Continue reading

Palestine retold: Palestine’s tragic anniversaries are not only about remembrance

For Palestinians, 2017 is a year of significant anniversaries. Continue reading

Normalization in the name of peace: How Israel understands the Arab Peace Initiative

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. Continue reading

The next phase in the war on BDS: Why Israel detained Omar Barghouti

The Israeli state has violated international law more than any other country, yet has rarely, if ever, been held accountable for crimes and misconduct. Continue reading

‘Decolonizing the mind’: Using Hollywood celebrities to validate Islam

When Terry Holdbrooks Jr. converted to Islam in 2003, he was inundated with death threats and labeled a ‘race traitor.’ Continue reading

‘Web of weirdness’: US’s and Israeli codependent relationship is not just about money

“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. Continue reading

Only the Israeli dead matter: Israel’s failure at investigating its bloody wars

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. Continue reading

Descendants of slaves, forerunners of justice: American Muslims must stop apologizing

I had 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. Continue reading

The Trump-Netanyahu circus: Now no one can save Israel from itself

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. Continue reading

Farewell to doublespeak: Israel’s vision for the future is terrifying

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. Continue reading

The uncomfortable truth: Are we hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons?

I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Continue reading

Clamoring for Israeli approval: Trump’s election promises will haunt him

US President Donald Trump promises to be pro-Israel in every aspect. Continue reading

The Paris Peace Conference: Signaling an end to a Western-dominated era?

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 Authority (PA) would have attended as well. Continue reading