Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

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

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