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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

  • 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...

  • 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 primary objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the explicit messages sent to Washington and Tel...

  • Enough of Western interventions: let the people of Venezuela decide

    American politicians from the two main parties have finally found something to agree upon. Democrats and Republicans alike want more intervention in Venezuela. “Now, despite Maduro, there is hope ”, wrote Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, in USA Today. “These events ...

  • War on nature: How Zionist colonialism has destroyed the environment in Palestine

    The latest casualties in the war on the environment in Palestine were 450 olive trees destroyed last week by Israeli army bulldozers. The destruction of the Palestinian-owned trees took place in the villages of Bardala, in the Jordan Valley, and Yatta in the southern West Bank. Dozens more were...

  • 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. “We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas, and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government,” Hamdallah...

  • Gaza rallies for Caracas: On the West’s dangerous game in Venezuela

    Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of the besieged Gaza to show their support for the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and it’s legitimate leader, President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is struggling to defeat a coup attempt that is supported by the United States, Israel, and many Western governments. The relationship between...

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

    Forget the hype. Israel’s “security technology” has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalise relations with Israel. What is it that Israel is able to offer in the technology sector to Chad, Mali and others that the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, India,...

  • ‘My mother died proud of me’: Palestinian prisoners share their stories

    150 Palestinian prisoners were wounded when Israeli Prison Service officers stormed the Ofer military prison near Ramallah on January 21. A day later, thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza rallied in support of the prisoners who, in response to Israeli repression, staged a mass hunger strike. The latest ordeal...

  • 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 Palestinian push for greater international recognition and legitimacy. It is now conclusive that the main mission for former United States Ambassador...

  • War on BDS: How AIPAC-Israel agenda became US priority

    The Israeli-US war declared on the Palestinian boycott movement is coming to a head, culminating in a well-orchestrated effort aimed at suffocating any form of tangible protest of the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestine. But an Israeli ‘victory’, even with blind US government support, is still too elusive if at...

  • The moral travesty of Israel demanding Arab and Iranian money for its own ‘Nakba’

    The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran should pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the forceful expulsion of Jews from Arab countries during the late 1940s. The events that Israel cites allegedly occurred at a...

  • 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 indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country. He also promises to be a friend of like-minded, far-right leaders the world over. It is, therefore, not surprising to see a special kind of friendship blossoming between...

  • 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. So why the change of heart? Netanyahu may...

  • Tested in Gaza: How Europe uses Israel war technology against refugees

    The border control industry is thriving, both in the United States and Europe. In both cases, Israel is serving the task of the successful role model and the technology supplier. While Europe, in particular, has paid much lip service to urging Israel to use proportionate force against Palestinians and to...

  • 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. Despite the essential and noble nature of her work, she was fired by the Pflugerville Independent School District, which serves the Austin area. Every year, Amawai signs an annual contract that allows...

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

    An eerie video of a photo of one “Hajj Jamal Ghalaini” with a prayer on a backing track pops up occasionally on Facebook. The voice is that of an allegedly religious sheikh, praying for the well-being of the man in the photo for saving the Palestinian refugee youth of...

  • 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? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canada’s commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But there is...

  • From Central America to Syria there is a conspiracy against refugees

    Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America. In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee...

  • Netanyahu's predicament is that 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 12 November, he certainly did not anticipate that his military adventure would destabilise his government and threaten the very survival of his right-wing coalition. However, it did, far...

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

    The botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on 12 November is delineating Tel Aviv’s failure to utilise its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Now that Palestinian popular resistance has gone global through the exponential rise and growing success of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction...

  • In breach of human rights, Netanyahu supports the death penalty for 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 legislation that would make it easier for Israeli courts to issue death sentences against Palestinians accused of carrying...