Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

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

Why is Israel afraid of Khalida Jarrar?

When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer, Khalida Jarrar on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, Jarrar had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Continue reading

It is a new era, but China’s balancing act will fail in the Middle East

Although ties between Washington and Tel Aviv are stronger than ever, Israeli leaders are aware of a vastly changing political landscape. The US’ own political turmoil and the global power realignment—which is on full display in the Middle East—indicate that a new era is, indeed, in the making. Continue reading

‘A cruel choice’: Why Israel targets Palestinian schools

Several Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military order to shut down their school based on the ever-versatile accusation of the school being a “site of popular terror and rioting.” Continue reading

The UN ‘sheriff’: Nikki Haley elevated Israel, damaged US standing

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has made her post a “more glamorous” position than her predecessors—as President Donald Trump described Haley’s two-year term at the UN, following her resignation announcement. Continue reading

That single line of blood: Nassir al-Mosabeh and Mohammed al-Durrah

As the frail body of 12-year-old Nassir Al-Mosabeh fell to the ground on Friday, September 28, history was repeating itself in a most tragic way. Continue reading

End of hegemony: UN must reflect changing world order

There is a rational explanation of why India and Brazil, two countries with vast populations and large and growing economies, are not permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Continue reading

The real reasons behind Washington’s war on UNRWA

The US government’s decision to slash funds provided to the UN agency that cares for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is part of a new American-Israeli strategy aimed at redefining the rules of the game altogether. Continue reading

Why Israel demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as representation of greater genocide

Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14, recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located East of Jerusalem, are all-too familiar. Continue reading

The veiled danger of the ‘dead’ Oslo Accords

Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli ‘peacemaker’ is like the mythical phoenix, constantly resurrecting from its own ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. Continue reading

What lies beneath: The US-Israeli plot to ‘save’ Gaza

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict.’ Continue reading

When illness is a ‘death sentence’: The victimization of Gaza women

Hanan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem. Continue reading

Gaza without cancer medicine as Haley blames Arabs for Washington’s sins

On Sunday August 12, news from Gaza was distressing: The Ministry of Health announced that it would no longer be able to treat cancer patients in the Israel-besieged Strip. Continue reading

Mission accomplished: Why solidarity boats to Gaza succeed despite failing to break the siege

When Mike Treen, the national director of the ‘Unite Union’ in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. Continue reading

Mahmoud Abbas, stop exploiting Ahed Tamimi for personal gain

The father of 11-year-old, Abdul Rahman Nofal contacted me, asking for help. His son was shot in the leg during Gaza’s ‘Great March of Return’ protests. The Strip’s dilapidated health care system could not save the little boy’s leg, as it was later amputated. Continue reading

Common enemy: Why Israel is embracing fascism in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban visited Israel on July 19, where he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials. Orban’s visit would have not required much pause except that the Hungarian leader has been repeatedly branded for his often racist, anti-Semitic remarks. Continue reading

Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel was never a democracy

The head of the Arab Joint List Alliance at the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), Aymen Odeh, described the passing of the racist Jewish Nation-State Law as “the death of our democracy.” Continue reading

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya are lynched and held responsible

“In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.” Continue reading

Europe’s Iron Curtain: The refugee crisis is about to worsen

A recent European Council summit in Brussels was meant to articulate a united policy on the burgeoning refugees and migrant crisis. Instead, it served to highlight the bitter divisions among various European countries. Considering the gravity of the matter, Europe’s self-serving policies are set to worsen an already tragic situation. Continue reading

‘Deal of the century’ is not new and the PA leadership is not a victim

Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will fail. Palestinians will not exchange their 70-year long struggle for freedom for Jared Kushner’s cash; nor will Israel accept even if there is a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank. Continue reading

Did Israel inspire Trump’s family separation policy?

This past May, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US border crossings. It was a matter of weeks before the new policy began yielding tragic outcomes. Those attempting to unlawfully cross into the US were subject to federal criminal prosecution, while their children were taken away by federal authorities, which placed them in cage-like facilities. Continue reading

End the wars to halt the refugee crisis

Europe is facing the most significant refugee crisis since World War II. All attempts at resolving the issue have failed, mostly because they have ignored the root causes of the problem. Continue reading

Beating the US ‘veto’: Palestinians need urgent protection from Israel

What is taking place in Palestine is not a ‘conflict.’ We readily utilize the term but, in fact, the word ‘conflict’ is misleading. It equates between oppressed Palestinians and Israel, a military power that stands in violation of numerous United Nations Resolutions. Continue reading

The colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the term ‘Israeli Occupation’

June 5, 2018, marked the 51st anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Continue reading

My home is Beit Daras: Our lingering Nakba

When Google Earth was initially released in 2001, I immediately rushed to locate a village that no longer exists on a map, which now delineates a whole different reality. Continue reading

Gazan Gandhis: Gaza bleeds alone as ‘liberals’ and ‘progressives’ go mute

Three more Palestinians were killed and 611 wounded last Friday, when tens of thousands of Gazans continued their largely non-violent protests at the Gaza-Israel border. Continue reading

The ghost of Herut: Einstein on Israel, 70 years ago

Albert Einstein, along with other Jewish luminaries, including Hannah Arendt, published a letter in the New York Times on December 4, 1948. That was only a few months after Israel had declared its independence and as hundreds of Palestinian villages were being actively demolished after their inhabitants were expelled. Continue reading

Media cover-up: Shielding Israel is a matter of policy

The term ‘media bias’ does not do justice to the Western corporate media’s relationship with Israel and Palestine. The relationship is, indeed, far more profound than mere partiality. It is not ignorance, either. It is a calculated and long-term campaign, aimed at guarding Israel and demonizing Palestinians. Continue reading