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Ramona Wadi

Ramona Wadi is an independent researcher, freelance journalist, book reviewer and blogger. Her writing covers a range of themes in relation to Palestine, Chile and Latin America.

 

Items by Ramona Wadi

  • Genocide, recognising a Palestinian State and the two-state paradigm

    “President Biden … has been equally emphatic on the record that the two-state solution should be brought about through direct negotiations through the parties, not for unilateral recognition,”  White House National Security adviser, Jake Sullivan, stated during a news briefing. Ireland, Spain and Norway’s decision to recognise a Palestinian...

  • Diplomatic fatigue and heavy strain, but what about the genocide?

    Anyone listening to EU officials speak about Gaza would think that the only problem that the enclave is facing is a disruption in the distribution of humanitarian aid. International law, however, describes what is happening in Gaza very clearly – genocide – so why can’t the EU High Representative...

  • The macabre US reassurances approving of Israel’s genocide

    US Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew spoke in terms of protecting genocidal action and complicity last Sunday when he explained that, “fundamentally, nothing has changed in the basic relationship” between the US and Israel. They are words which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t really need to hear, of...

  • The US continues to provide cover for Israel’s genocide in Gaza

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains set in his plans to invade Rafah, with or without US assistance. Responding to US President Joe Biden’s warning earlier this week that arms supplies will be limited if Israel invades Rafah, Netanyahu responded, “If we must, we shall fight with our fingernails.”...

  • Australia’s warped view of violence excludes Israel’s genocide

    Australia, a country with a colonial legacy that still needs to be reckoned with, is the latest to find fault with the decolonial Palestinian slogan, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”. The reasons given by Australian government officials for their opposition to the slogan are...

  • The EU is careful not to antagonise Israel, so supports its genocide

    Prioritising its trade and economic agreements with Israel puts the EU at a disadvantage when it comes to leveraging its purported influence with regard to human rights. It is both incapable and unwilling to disrupt the status quo, as the unfolding genocide over the past seven months has demonstrated....

  • Two small protests in the Occupied West Bank that speak louder than words

    As focus remains consistently on Gaza, so far, Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank have maintained their anti-colonial struggle. Stepping in where the Palestinian Authority fails to act, because it is beholden to the foreign powers allowing its existence, Palestinians protested against international diplomats who blatantly support Israel’s alleged...

  • In Netanyahu’s warped mind, committing war crimes is Israel’s right

    According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “The court established to prevent atrocities like the Nazi Holocaust against the Jewish people is now targeting the one state of the Jewish people.” That’s not true. Zionism created an exclusive Jewish state dependent upon the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, while exploiting...

  • Knowledge Production in Higher Education Between Europe and the Middle East

    The perception of education has “historically been seen as enriching one’s Self through the encounter with an Other”, and this sets the scene for the collection of essays published in Knowledge Production in Higher Education Between Europe and the Middle East (Manchester University Press, 2023), edited by Michelle Pace...

  • Israel diplomatic harassment over the UNSC resolution

    As expected, the US used its veto during the UN Security Council vote on whether Palestine should be given full UN membership. Twelve countries voted for the resolution and two – the UK and Switzerland – abstained. A US official who spoke to the Times of Israel opined that...

  • From the river to the sea – a call for rightful decolonisation

    Israeli media is celebrating another win for its narrative, as the US Congress passed a resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance chant, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”, as anti-Semitic. The resolution’s text reads like a series of snippets that supposedly justify the anti-Semitic nature of...

  • UK rhetoric shows that retaliation is of greater concern than genocide

    Since 7 October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been including Iran in his rhetoric of violence, disseminating the image of poor, beleaguered Israel battling all alone in a hostile region. This image is entirely fake. Israel is an aggressive, expansionist settler-colonial state. Israel has turned Gaza into a mass...

  • A change in rhetoric, not in humanitarian aid

    To keep reading that Israel’s strike on the World Central Kitchen (WCK) that killed foreign aid workers besides Palestinians was the pivot point to slightly alter US President Joe Biden’s rhetoric, is nothing more but an ongoing affirmation that Palestinian lives do not matter. Referring to an interview which Biden...

  • Appeasing Israel prevents neither deliberate air strikes nor genocide

    The World Central Kitchen charity has just lost seven of its staff as a result of an Israeli air strike targeting their vans, and yet, in an op-ed for Ynet News, the organisation’s founder Jose Andres conveys a contradictory message: Israel has deliberately targeted the organisation but, at the...

  • Israel not only wants to destroy UNRWA, but all humanitarian endeavours 

    To eliminate the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) completely, Israel is pushing a false narrative that it operates as “part of the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas”, in response to the UN’s independent report on allegations that just 12 out of 13,000 UNRWA staff members were...

  • Refuge and Resistance: Palestinians and the International Refugee System

    Reading Anne Irfan’s study on Palestinians and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) at a time when Israel is committing genocide in Gaza illustrates how the allegedly apolitical premise of the UN cannot translate to neutrality, given that the agency is enmeshed with the UN,...

  • Putting a deadly rhetorical spin on genocide

    Following the UN Security Council resolution that called for a ceasefire in Gaza for the remaining days of Ramadan, which the US failed to veto, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a meeting in Washington for his top aides, allegedly as a warning to Hamas that no pressure would...

  • Diplomatic games and genocide

    Antony Blinken apparently told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week that, “You need a coherent plan, or else you’re going to be stuck in Gaza.” According to the US Secretary of State, Netanyahu’s genocidal actions will either consolidate Hamas in Gaza or lead to anarchy and more “terrorism”....

  • Kushner’s vision for ‘rebuilding Gaza’ is shameful

    “It’s unfortunate that no one’s taking in the refugees,” lamented former White House advisor during the Trump administration Jared Kushner. He made his comment during an interview at Harvard University last month. The reason? Gaza is being eyed as potential space for valuable waterfront property, so why shouldn’t Israel...

  • There’s no protection from genocide in the colonial framework of international law

    The entire Palestinian population in Gaza has been declared “acutely food insecure” by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification. “The famine threshold for household acute food insecurity has already been far exceeded,” explained the IPC. Very belatedly, the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has declared that Israel is provoking...

  • Putting a spin on ‘obstacles’ to peace in Palestine

    It took the EU far too long to connect the dots between besieged Gaza and the West Bank, after creating political divisions that pitted the occupied Palestinian territories against each other in terms of political narratives. EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell shifted attention to the occupied West Bank...

  • Humanitarian aid is a genocidal tool in the hands of Israel and the US

    Israel has no intention of allowing any meaningful amount of humanitarian aid to reach Gaza. Even its settler society has been recorded as saying that Palestinians in Gaza do not deserve aid until all the Israeli hostages are released, despite there being no link between imposing a genocidal famine...

  • An honourable way out of complicity in genocide does not exist

    Canada is considering the resumption of funding the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), amid the macabre spectacle of humanitarian aid drops and limited delivery, which worked more as traps for Palestinians than a temporary alleviation of hunger. According to Norwegian Foreign Minister, Espen Barthe Eide,...

  • The inhumanity of humanitarian aid

    The genocide in Gaza is reaping no end of collaboration. Israeli settlers have been blocking humanitarian aid from reaching Palestinians, purportedly in protest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not doing enough to secure the hostages’ release from Gaza. Yet the protest is not eliciting any response from the Israeli...