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Dr Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of the Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of five books. His latest is ‘These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons’ (Clarity Press). Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) and also at the Afro-Middle East Center (AMEC). His website is www.ramzybaroud.net

 

Items by Dr Ramzy Baroud

  • Arab-Israeli Normalisation: A desperate attempt at isolating Iran

    Bahrain is gearing up to host the economic version of the so-called Deal of the Century. A two-day conference, co-hosted by the United States, is scheduled to be held in the capital, Manama June 25-26. The Palestinian leadership has rightly refused to take part in the latest US-Arab charade, which...

  • Politics of Humiliation: Trump, Palestine, the Arab Peoples

    The Deal of the Century has inspired much discussion about Washington’s latest political gambit in the Middle East. Largely excluded from the debate, however, is the emotional toll involving the Arab peoples everywhere. The ‘politics of humiliation’ is fairly a new discourse associated with the sense of collective defeat and...

  • 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 merely 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. Leaked details of the ‘Deal of the Century’ confirm Palestinians’ worst...

  • 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...

  • A changing Middle East: Why the deal of the century will fail

    Some are being misled to believe that the soon-to-be-announced deal of the century is a US-sponsored peace initiative aimed at resolving the so-called Palestinian-Israeli conflict. However, such a perception is erroneous, not only because the US is not interested in achieving a just peace in the region, but because the...

  • 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. The clashes were instigated by...

  • 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. The Conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward...

  • Why Palestinian prisoners choose hunger strike as a resistance strategy

    One of the many ways in which Israel seeks to oppress and control the Palestinian population is by imprisoning those who lead the resistance to its occupation and settler colonialist project. In Palestine, a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail is referred to as “aseer“, or captive, because he or she is...

  • France and the EU, Recognising 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. The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Ambassador Gerard Araud was, of course,...

  • 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. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighbourhood...

  • War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We

    So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don’t let such references as the “tight race” between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are particular to...

  • Access to clean water is a human right, so why is Palestine an exception?

    Free access to clean water is a basic human right. This is not just a common-sense assertion, but also a binding legal commitment enshrined in international law. In November 2002, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted “General Comment No. 15” regarding the right to water:...

  • 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.” “Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end,” Erdan...

  • ‘Prisoners are heroes’: Being a Palestinian prisoner in Israel

    Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons are gearing up for a mass hunger strike. Already horrific conditions in these jails deteriorated further in recent months, especially since the announcement by Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, that the “party is over”. On January 2, Erdan promised to “worsen” the conditions under...

  • The ‘Great Replacement’: Why far-right nationalists love Israel

    The link between Israel and budding far-right movements around the world is not a mere random phenomenon, inspired by common hate for Islam and Muslims. Moreover, the common understanding that this problematic relationship – between Israel and the global far right – only concerns the common cause between Israel and...

  • Why AIPAC Is Wrong about Israel’s ‘Core Values’

    Attorney General, Avichai Mandelblit, described various comments made by the head of Otzma Yehudit as “incitement to racism.” But the fringe political party would not have captured much media, and political attention was it not for its ties with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The controversy started on February 20,...

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

    I visited the city of Christchurch on 23 May 2018, as part of a larger speaking tour in New Zealand that also took me to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin. New Zealand is an exceptional country, different from other countries that are often lumped under the generalised designation of the...

  • 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. It is no surprise to witness this gush of support and enthusiasm, for Shtayyeh is a Fatah...

  • The Year of the People: The Untold Story of Gaza’s ‘March of Return’

    What is the ‘Great March of Return’ but a people attempting to reclaim their role, and be recognised and heard in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine? Much has been said about what the popular mobilisation in Gaza, which began on March 30, 2018, represents. Sympathetic views rightly understood...

  • Chasing Mirages: What Are Palestinians Doing to Combat the ‘Deal of the Century’?

    More US measures have been taken in recent weeks to cement the Israeli position further 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...

  • Why the outrage? 'Jewish Power' party is the new norm in Israeli politics

    Immediately after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allied with the fringe political group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power), a widespread outrage ensued. The anger did not emanate only from the Center, Left and Arab parties, but from some in the Right as well. Even the pro-Israel lobby in the US, known...

  • Remapping of Palestine: Why Israel’s erasure of Palestinian culture will not succeed

    “Everything Palestinian in Jerusalem is targeted by Israeli occupation,” said Palestinian Archbishop of Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, on 29 January  during a meeting with a delegation from the medical aid organisation Doctors without Borders. “The Islamic and Christian holy sites and endowments are targeted in order to change...

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

    On 18 February, 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. The clashes involved the Israeli army and police as well, who opened fire and brutally assaulted Palestinians, leading to...

  • The Future is Palestinian: On Sumud and Benny Morris’ Prophecies

    In an interview with the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, prominent Israeli historian Benny Morris predicted a grim future for his country. “This place will deteriorate into a Middle Eastern state with an Arab majority,” he said referring to Israel and Palestine. “The violence between various populations inside the state will continue...