Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

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

The balancing act is over: What Elor Azaria taught us about Israel

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. Continue reading

Enough fearmongering: Only one democratic state is possible in Palestine and Israel

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. Continue reading

Stifling the debate on Israel: For Palestinians, Zionism only means one thing

The British government of Theresa May officially adopted on December 12 a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes legitimate criticism of Israel. Continue reading

Navigating war: Has the war in Syria also destroyed journalism?

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. Continue reading

Fatah, hold your applause: Palestinian body politic rotten to the core

In July 2003, the then Palestinian Authority chairman, Yasser Arafat, described Mahmoud Abbas as a ‘traitor’ who “betrayed the interests of the Palestinian People.” Continue reading

What should Palestinians expect—can Trump be any worse

Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect Donald Trump is considering for his cabinet people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world, as well. Continue reading

The infamy of the Palestinian elites: An imminent split within Fatah?

The Fatah movement is involved in a massive tug-of-war that will ultimately define its future. The conflict is between current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and once Gaza strongman, Mohammed Dahlan. Continue reading

Why Palestinians want to sue Britain: 99 years since the Balfour Declaration

Last July, the Palestinian Authority took the unexpected, although belated step of seeking Arab backing in suing Britain over the Balfour Declaration. That ‘declaration’ was the first ever explicit commitment made by Britain, and the West in general, to establish a Jewish homeland atop an existing Palestinian homeland. Continue reading

The war on UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque is Palestinian and East Jerusalem is illegally occupied

Did Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi actually read the full text of the UNESCO resolution on Palestine and Israel, before he raved with anger? Continue reading

The many ‘truths’ on Syria: How our rivalry has destroyed a country

“The United States has the power to decree the death of nations,” wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe. Continue reading

The convoluted discourse: Was the Women’s Boat to Gaza an existential threat?

The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose half-truths at will, in order to create a falsified version of reality. Continue reading

Israel’s Nuclear Man: Shimon Peres, a brand without substance

Former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres was a very successful brand. He was presented to the world as stately, wise, a relentless advocate of peace, and a sane voice amidst a conflict deemed senseless and unending. Continue reading

Ban Ki-Moon’s legacy in Palestine: Failure in words and deeds

Ban Ki-Moon’s second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations is ending this December. He was the most ideal man for the job as far as the United States and its allies are concerned. Continue reading

Honor Aylan Kurdi by ending the war in Syria

“A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much,” wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in QZ.com. Continue reading

The Native American, the Palestinian: A spirited fight for justice

Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory. Continue reading

Is Israel pushing for a Palestinian civil war?

Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle on the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective. Continue reading

‘Activism’ and its consequences: Syrian refugees are not subjects for a social media gallery

The Italian ‘activist’ was keen on that photo, as if her social media activism career was dependent on it. As if the misery of the poor Syrian child was not palpable enough in his dejected face and his rash-infested skin, she wanted to define a point of absolute misery for a perfect Instagram photo. Continue reading

Punishing the messenger: Israel’s war on NGOs takes a worrying turn

“You deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But, maybe, you would be hurt before them,” was part of a threatening message received by a staff member at ‘Al-Mezan,’ a Gaza-based human rights group. The photo attached to the email was of the exterior of the activist’s home. The gist of the message: ‘We are coming for you.’ Continue reading

War to ‘stop’ war: Libya’s ‘Operation Odyssey Lightning’

The Obama Doctrine is ravaging the Middle East

Everyone seems to have a theory on how to obliterate ISIS, or ‘Daesh.’ However, two points are rarely raised: one, concerning the origins of the group and the second, on whether there are genuine intentions to defeat it, in the first place. Continue reading

Divide and rule: How factionalism in Palestine is killing prospect for freedom

As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for next October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head. Continue reading

My response to Bill Clinton: on (my) liberty and (your) America

Donald Trump wants to keep us out of the country altogether. But Bill Clinton, former president and husband of a Democratic presidential nominee, does not mind us staying, as long as we, Muslims, behave ourselves. Continue reading

Farewell to Yarmouk: A Palestinian refugee’s journey from Izmir to Greece

(Based on interviews with Palestinian refugees from Syria.)

The refugee camp of Yarmouk was ever present in his being, pulling him in and out of an abyss of persistent fears that urged him to never return. But what was this refugee without Yarmouk, his first haven, his last earth? Continue reading

From Nice to the Middle East: The only way to challenge ISIS

I visited Iraq in 1999. At the time, there were no so-called ‘jihadis’ espousing the principles of ‘jihadism,’ whatever the interpretation may be. On the outskirts of Baghdad was a military training camp, not for ‘al-Qaeda,’ but for ‘Mojahedin-e-Khalq,’ an Iranian militant exile group that worked, with foreign funding and arms, to overthrow the Iranian Republic. Continue reading

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity as a welcome pathology

Last year, I wrote an article that made many readers unhappy. As soon as it was published, I began receiving messages of abuse and angry, threatening calls. Continue reading

People above politics: Political deal will not hamper the Turkish-Palestinian bond

Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians—and for Gazans, in particular. Continue reading

Searching for a ‘responsible adult’: ‘Is Brexit good for Israel?’

After months of anticipation, the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (EU). Although, the results were fairly close—51.9% voted to ‘Leave’ vs. 48.1% elected to ‘Remain’—the consequences of the decision will be far-reaching. Not only will the Brits negotiate their exit from the EU (thus, the term ‘Brexit’) within the next two years, but the decision is likely to usher in an upheaval unwitnessed before in EU history. Continue reading

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel uses water as a weapon of war

Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half. Continue reading