Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

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

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