Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

World Refugee Day: Palestinians keep their right of return alive through hope, resistance

The United Nations’ World Refugee Day, observed annually on June 20, should not merely represent a reminder of “the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.” Continue reading

Kushner as a colonial administrator: Let’s talk about the ‘Israeli Model’

In a TV interview on June 2, on the news docuseries “Axios” on the HBO channel, Jared Kushner opened up regarding many issues, in which his ‘Deal of the Century’ was a prime focus. Continue reading

Facing the facts: Israel cannot escape ICC jurisdiction

The chief military advocate general of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense general counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the ‘International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict’, which took place in Herzliya, Israel between May 28-30. Continue reading

Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s best response to the ‘Deal of the Century’

Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to simply rejecting the Trump administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century.’ Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Continue reading

Madonna’s fake revolution: Eurovision, cultural hegemony and resistance

Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim. Continue reading

Israel’s common denominator: Why Israel will continue to bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. Continue reading

The two narratives of Palestine: The people are united, the factions are not

The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. Continue reading

France and the EU recognizing yet supporting apartheid reality in Palestine

A recent statement made by the outgoing French ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. Continue reading

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our mosques and churches are also burning

As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Continue reading

War versus peace: Israel has decided and so should we

So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? Continue reading

The unfinished Gaza war: What Netanyahu hopes to gain from attacking Palestinian prisoners

The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan declared that the “party is over.” Continue reading

‘The essence of being Palestinian’: What the Great March of Return is really about

The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018, are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. Continue reading

On my visit to New Zealand: Can Christchurch heal our collective wounds?

I visited the city of Christchurch on May 23, 2018, as part of a larger speaking tour in New Zealand that also took me to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin. Continue reading

Uniting Fatah, not Palestinians: The dubious role of Mohammed Shtayyeh

Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh’s appointment as the new Palestinian prime minister. Continue reading

Chasing mirages: What are Palestinians doing to combat the ‘deal of the century’?

More US measures have been taken in recent weeks to further cement the Israeli position and isolate the Palestinian Authority (PA) before the official unveiling of President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘deal of the century.’ But while attention is focused on spiteful US actions, little time has been spent discussing the PA’s own responses, options and strategies. Continue reading

Why the outrage? ‘Jewish Power’ Party is the new norm in Israeli politics

Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an alliance with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. Continue reading

War on Al-Aqsa: What price Netanyahu’s victory

On February 18, members of extremist Jewish groups raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). They clashed with Palestinian worshippers, as the settlers attempted to shut down the gate of Al-Aqsa itself. Continue reading

Russian mediation: The critical messages of the Hamas-Fatah talks in Moscow

The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Continue reading

Enough Western meddling and interventions: Let the Venezuelan people decide

American politicians from the two main parties have finally found something to agree upon: more intervention in Venezuela. Continue reading

As Abbas ages, Fatah moves to consolidate power

Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a ‘government of national reconciliation,’ Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has finally resigned. Continue reading

Now Chad, then Mali: Why African countries are normalizing with Israel

Forget the hype. Israel’s ‘security technology’ has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalize relations with Israel. Continue reading

False ‘victories’: Is the PA using the ‘State of Palestine’ to remain in power?

The ‘State of Palestine’ has officially been handed the chairmanship of the G-77, the United Nations largest block. This is particularly significant considering the relentless Israeli-American plotting to torpedo Palestine’s push for greater international recognition and legitimacy. Continue reading

The moral travesty of Israel seeking Arab, Iranian money for its alleged Nakba

The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful exodus of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s. Continue reading

When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu are ‘brothers’: Why Brazil should shun the Israeli model

Newly-inaugurated Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is set to be the arch-enemy of the environment and of indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country. He also promises to be a friend of like-minded, far-right leaders the world over. Continue reading

Early elections: Who will dethrone ‘The King of Israel’?

“A historic mistake” is how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to calls for early elections last November. A few weeks later, he spoke, in exaggerated confidence of the “unanimous” agreement of his right-wing coalition that early elections must be held next April. Continue reading

A question every American must confront: Apartheid Israel or US democracy?

Bahia Amawai is a US citizen and Texas-based language specialist who helps autistic and speech-impaired children overcome their impairment. Continue reading

Is there a plot to depopulate Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon?

An eerie video composed of a recorded audio prayer and a photo of one ‘Hajj Jamal Ghalaini’ occasionally pops up on Facebook. The voice is that of an alleged religious sheikh, praying for the well-being of the man in the photo for saving the Palestinian refugee youth of Lebanon, by facilitating their departure to Europe. Continue reading

The real face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s new Jews?

How does one explain Canada’s contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? Continue reading

From Central America to Syria: The conspiracy against refugees

Watching the ongoing debate between US liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding crisis in Central America. Continue reading

Netanyahu’s predicament: The era of easy wars is over

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his army to carry out a limited operation in the besieged Gaza Strip on November 12, he certainly did not anticipate that his military adventure would destabilize his government and threaten the very survival of his right-wing coalition. Continue reading

The tide is turning: Israel is losing on two war fronts

The November 12 botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is delineating Tel Aviv’s failure to utilize its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Continue reading

In breach of human rights, Netanyahu supports the death penalty against Palestinians

Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just given the green light to a legislation that would make it easier for Israeli courts to issue death sentences against Palestinians accused of carrying out ‘terrorist’ acts. Continue reading