Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

The ‘desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz escalates Israel’s war on the dead

On September 2, the Israeli government approved a proposal that allows the military to indefinitely withhold the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army. The proposal was made by the country’s defense minister, Benny Gantz. Continue reading

As Washington retreats, Eastern Mediterranean conflict further marginalizes NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance in name alone. Recent events notwithstanding, the brewing conflict over territorial waters in the Eastern Mediterranean indicates that the military union between mostly Western countries is faltering. Continue reading

Israel’s friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ dictate the agenda of the Republican Party

It is difficult—and futile—to argue which American president has historically been more pro-Israel. While former President Barack Obama, for example, has pledged more money to Israel than any other US administration in history, Donald Trump has provided Israel with a blank check of seemingly endless political concessions. Continue reading

‘Dying to fish’: How Israeli piracy destroyed Gaza’s once thriving fishing industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them. Continue reading

Netanyahu vs Gantz: Gaza escalation as reflection of Israel’s political rivalry

Only recently, the Palestinian group, Hamas, and Israel seemed close to reaching a prisoner exchange agreement, where Hamas would release several Israeli soldiers held in Gaza while Israel would set free an unspecified number of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons. Continue reading

‘People of the Cave’: Palestinians take their fight for justice to the mountains

Palestinians are not going anywhere. This is the gist of seven decades of Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism. The proof? The story of Ahmed Amarneh. Continue reading

Hands off Lebanon: Macron’s self-serving ‘new pact’ must be shunned

French President Emmanuel Macron is in no position to pontificate to Lebanon about the need for political and economic reforms. Just as thousands of Lebanese took to the streets of Beirut demanding “revenge” against the ruling classes, the French people have relentlessly been doing the same; both peoples have been met with police violence and arrests. Continue reading

The politics of war: What is Israel’s endgame in Lebanon and Syria?

On August 4, hours before a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, issued an ominous warning to Lebanon. Continue reading

The Likud conspiracy: Israel in the throes of a major political crisis

Protests against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have raged on for weeks, turning violent sometimes. Israelis are furious at their government’s mediocre response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially as COVID-19 is experiencing a massive surge throughout the country. Continue reading

Apartheid or one state: Has Jordan broken a political taboo?

What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Continue reading

Human rights defenders: Palestinian eyewitness testimony of the execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli soldier Elor Azaria

As illegal Jewish settlers increase their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied city of Al Khalil (Hebron), the people of the Palestinian city continue to mount a campaign of popular resistance. Continue reading

List of Israeli targets leaked: Tel Aviv fears the worst in ICC investigation of war crimes

When International Court of Justice (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda confirmed last December that the court has ample evidence to pursue a war crimes investigation in occupied Palestine, the Israeli government responded with the usual rhetoric, accusing the international community of bias and insisting on Israel’s ‘right to defend itself.’ Continue reading

‘Feeding a Bedouin’: Roy Oz and Israel’s outrageous racism

On July 11, a video footage which showed a popular Israeli TV celebrity demeaning Palestinian children from the Bedouin community in the Naqab area went viral on social media. Continue reading

Could a Palestinian-Israeli prisoners exchange deal could happen soon?

For the first time since the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is signaling its willingness to engage in negotiations regarding the release of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers believed to be held by resistance groups in Gaza. But will another prisoner exchange similar to that of October 2011 follow anytime soon? Continue reading

‘Optimism of the will’: Palestinian freedom is possible now

In a recent TV discussion, a respected pro-Palestine journalist declared that if any positive change or transformation ever occurs in the tragic Palestinian saga, it would not happen now, but that it would take a whole new generation to bring about such a paradigm shift. Continue reading

Good news from Washington: AIPAC, Israel losing to progressive Democrats

While the US administration of President Donald Trump remains adamant in its support for Israel, the traditional democratic leadership continues to employ underhanded language, the kind of ‘strategic ambiguity’ that offers full support to Israel and nothing but lip service to Palestine and peace. Continue reading

On Israel’s bizarre definitions: The West Bank is already annexed

Wednesday, July 1, was meant to be the day on which the Israeli government officially annexed 30% of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and the Jordan Valley. This date, however, came and went and annexation was never actualized. Continue reading

Tearing down the idols of colonialism: Why Tunisia, Africa must demand French apology

The visit by newly-elected Tunisian President Kais Saied to France on June 22 was intended to discuss bilateral relations, trade, etc. But it was also a missed opportunity, where Tunisia could have formally demanded an apology from France for the decades of French colonialism, which has shattered the social and political fabric of this North African Arab nation since the late 19th century. Continue reading

PA political circus: Why Abbas must hand the keys over to the PLO

The painful truth is that the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas has already ceased to exist as a political body that holds much sway or relevance, either to the Palestinian people or to Abbas’ former benefactors, namely the Israeli and the American governments. Continue reading

The ‘Palestinian Chair’: Exposing Israel’s direct role in US violence

The banning of deadly police practices by many American states and cities following the murder of an African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers is, once more, shedding light on US-Israeli collaboration in the fields of security and crowd-control. Continue reading

Political ambiguity or a doomsday weapon: Why Abbas abandoned Oslo

This time, we are told, it is different and that president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is absolutely serious about his decision to absolve his leadership from all previous agreements signed with Israel and the United States. Continue reading

Why does Israel celebrate its terrorists?

Ben Uliel and the murder of the Dawabsheh family

Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel’s globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. Continue reading

Why Israel fears the Nakba: How memory became Palestine’s greatest weapon

On May 15, thousands of Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and throughout the ‘shatat’, or diaspora, participated in the commemoration of Nakba Day, the one event that unites all Palestinians, regardless of their political differences or backgrounds. Continue reading

Arabs, UN must move to swiftly protect the status of Palestinian refugees

‘Heinous racism,’ is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon. Continue reading

‘Justice is indivisible’: Placing Palestine back at the center of Muslim discourse in the West

It was nearly twenty years ago at a Muslim conference in Washington, D.C., that I heard the distressing argument that Palestine should not be made a central topic in the American Muslim political agenda. Continue reading

100 years of shame: Annexation of Palestine began in San Remo

One hundred years ago, representatives from a few powerful countries convened at San Remo, a sleepy town on the Italian Riviera. Together, they sealed the fate of the massive territories confiscated from the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in World War I. Continue reading

Hating Arabs as a common ground: Why Israel’s coalition government is likely to survive

Shortly after an agreement to form a “national emergency government” in Israel, leader of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, Benny Gantz, tweeted triumphantly that ‘democracy’ in Israel has been ‘safeguarded’. Continue reading

A Machiavellian fiasco: How ‘centrist’ Gantz resurrected Netanyahu, Israel’s Right

It was intended to be a Machiavellian move, but the decision by Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) coalition, to join a Benjamin Netanyahu-led government is likely to destabilize the political fabric of Israeli society for years to come. Continue reading

Spreading the virus of occupation: Spitting as a weapon in the hand of colonial Israel

Spitting at someone is a universal insult. In Israel, however, spitting at Palestinians is an entirely different story. Continue reading

Tunisia leads the way: New report exposes Israel’s false democracy

Tunisia is the Middle East’s greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. Continue reading

BJP and Israel: Hindu nationalism is ravaging India’s democracy

It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent.
A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being ‘the largest democracy in the world’ has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities—chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence. Continue reading

Technology of death: The not-so-shocking report on Israeli weapons exports

The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for the years ahead. Continue reading