Author Archives: Ramzy Baroud

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

Why Israel feels threatened by popular resistance in Palestine

Why did Israel kill many unarmed Gaza protesters and wound over 2,000 on Friday, March 30, and on the following days, when they clearly posed no threat to Israeli soldiers? Continue reading

Rim Banna and the cultural war that Palestinians must win

Rim Banna passed away at the age of 51. Her death on March 24, after a decade-long battle with cancer, brought grief to Palestinians everywhere. Continue reading

The last ‘peace process’ warrior: Abbas hanging by a thread

The ‘deal of the century’ is a farce. We suspected that, of course, but, upon his return from Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed in more detail why the long-anticipated plan of the administration of US President Donald Trump has no basis in reality. Continue reading

Who wants to kill Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah?

On March 13, while on his way to the besieged Gaza Strip, two 33-pound bombs targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. Continue reading

Will Israeli policies change if Netanyahu leaves office?

If scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exits his country’s political scene today, who is likely to replace him? And what does this mean as far as Israel’s Occupation of Palestine is concerned? Continue reading

Ahed’s generation: Why the youth in Palestine must break free from dual oppression

As global voices continue to demand the freedom of 17-year-old teenage Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi, Israeli authorities have arrested nine additional members of her family. Continue reading

Netanyahu’s corruption: How Israeli journalists project Israel’s crimes onto Palestinians

In an article published in Al-Monitor without a single verifiable citation, Israeli journalist, Shlomi Eldar, went to unprecedented lengths to divert attention from the corruption in his country. Continue reading

More than a fight over couscous: Why the Palestinian narrative must be embraced

As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad “inspired by the flavours of Palestine,” a controversy ensued. Israel’s supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine. Continue reading

The boomerang effect: How Netanyahu made Israel an American issue, and lost

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Continue reading

Foreign policy for sale: Greece’s dangerous alliance with Israel

For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. Continue reading

Whitewashing genocide in Myanmar

Although the genocide of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has gathered greater media attention in recent months, there is no indication that the international community is prepared to act in any meaningful way, thus leaving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded in border camps between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Continue reading

The trials of Africa and the real Dr. King they want us to forget

On January 15, millions of Americans commemorated Martin Luther King’s Day. His famous speech, ‘I Have a Dream’ was repeated numerous times in media outlets as a reminder of the evil of racism, which is being resurrected in a most pronounced way in American society. Continue reading

In words and deeds: The genesis of Israeli violence

Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage. Continue reading

Shadow armies: The unseen, but real US war in Africa

There is a real—but largely concealed—war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook. Continue reading

Israel is a step closer to making Jerusalem a Jewish-only city

The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state. Continue reading

Year in review: Will 2018 usher in a new Palestinian strategy?

2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process,’ at least in its American formulation, has ended. And with its demise, a political framework that has served as the foundation for US foreign policy in the Middle East has also collapsed. Continue reading

Whitewashing: The media’s two narratives on terrorism

Within hours after Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi immigrant, allegedly detonated a pipe bomb in New York City on December 11, severely injuring himself and wounding four others, a most comprehensive official and media narrative emerged. Continue reading

Towards a new Palestinian beginning

Now that the American mask has completely fallen, Palestinians require an urgent rethink in their own political priorities, alliances and national liberation strategy. Continue reading

The ‘last martyr’: Who killed Kamal Al-Assar?

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli army. Understandably, we lost, but we won something far more valuable than a military victory. We reclaimed our identity. Continue reading

What Trump has done: The entire US-Middle East political framework just collapsed

Now that US President Donald Trump has fully adopted the Israeli right wing political discourse on Palestine, the Palestinian Authority is in a very tough spot. Continue reading

‘Say the word’: What the Rohingya struggle is really about

Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to Burma (Myanmar) on November 27, he refrained from using the word ‘Rohingya.’ Continue reading

Decades of US diplomacy has failed: Why the US wants to shut down PLO office

On November 18, just days before the 50th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 242, the US State Department took its first step towards severing its ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Continue reading

70 years of broken promises: The untold story of the partition plan

In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Continue reading

Corruption in Israel is not just an Israeli issue

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu

Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Continue reading

‘Creeping annexation’: Why Israel shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

The postponing of an Israeli Knesset bill that would have annexed major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the Jerusalem municipality is the result of behind-the-scenes US and, possibly, European pressure. But the story of the so-called ‘Greater Jerusalem law’ does not end there. Continue reading

Walls and militarized police: How Israel is exporting its occupation to the United States

Israeli footprints are becoming more apparent in the US security apparatus. Such a fact does not bode well for ordinary Americans. Continue reading

This is not national unity: Hamas and Fatah must transform to speak on behalf of Palestinians

The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord—at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas. Continue reading

The real reason behind Trump’s angry diplomacy in North Korea

To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’s belated ‘pivot to Asia’ to counter China’s rise has been, thus far, quite ineffectual. Continue reading