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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

  • Symbolic recognition damages Palestinian prospects

    Although US President Joe Biden is merely paying lip service to the two-state compromise, given that the Trump administration’s legacy still holds sway over US foreign policy with regard to Israel’s settler-colonial expansion, the Palestinian Authority persists in seeking symbolic recognition of a “State of Palestine” to keep a...

  • The PA is gradually being cornered by Palestinian society

    Palestinian Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas, does not tolerate any political thought that is divergent from his brand of corruption. While the murder of Palestinian activist, Nizar Banat, last year by the PA’s security services was marked with prominence, the PA has persisted in persecuting Palestinian activists, university students and...

  • The US ‘investigation’ into Abu Akleh’s killing tells us that Israeli impunity is a priority

    The developments in the “investigation” into the targeted killing of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh point rather too obviously to the preservation of Israel’s ability to act with impunity. Matters went downhill in the aftermath of Abu Akleh’s killing when Israeli military spokesman Ran Kochav put forward...

  • Mansour Abbas’s endorsement of Israeli colonialism demeans Palestinians everywhere

    Of all the political fragmentation that Palestinians have experienced, the United Arab List’s leader and Knesset member Mansour Abbas has definitely forged his own niche. Upon joining the coalition government led by former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in 2021, Abbas basically legitimised Israel’s colonial violence against Palestinians. His...

  • The PA has decades of diplomatic failures behind it

    The Palestinian Authority is spending considerable time informing the US of its ambivalence towards Washington’s foreign policy. From blind faith, to trust, to a sense of urgency because diplomatic rhetoric remains unaccounted for, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has long hit a dead end built out of his own collaboration. Mere...

  • Abbas is endorsing an altered status quo after Biden’s visit

    Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s bleating during US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank has of course achieved nothing apart from entrenching his subjugation to Israeli colonialism. “Our confidence in you and your administration is very great,” Abbas told Biden. “And we assure you...

  • Biden’s visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank entrenches the humanitarian paradigm

    When the Palestinian Authority leader jumped on the US bandwagon spouting status quo rhetoric, he should have remembered President Joe Biden’s dedication to Zionism and colonial Israel. Upon arriving in Israel yesterday for a two day visit during which he will also go to the occupied West Bank, Biden...

  • A Palestinian State must not be defined as an Israeli interest

    Last June, the Israeli organisation, Peace Now’s Settlement Watch project released a report describing how the Bennett-Lapid government increased settlement expansion planning by 26 per cent. Under the heading, ‘The government of unequivocal annexation: one year of the Bennett-Lapid government’, the report shows how the coalition government entrenched former...

  • The PA is facilitating the exploitation of Palestine 

    Last March, senior Palestinian Authority official Hussein Al-Sheikh met with now Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid to stress “the need for a political horizon” based – of course – upon the two-state politics. Lapid was not receptive at the time, stating that when he would eventually take up the...

  • Israel’s impunity is boosted by the US whitewash of Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing

    The Palestinian Authority’s refusal to hand over the bullet which killed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was short lived. So was any hypothetical expectation of justice from an Israeli investigation supervised by the US. According to the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Israeli soldiers did not fire deliberately at Abu...

  • Palestinians reject international impositions on themselves and their land

    A recent poll by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research showed that there is significant disillusion with Palestinian politics. Arguably most notable is the opposition to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s decision-making, a further deterioration in his popularity as leader and, more importantly, a decrease in support...

  • The UN has a role in maintaining the permanent status of Palestinian refugees

    The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) may well be operating with a permanent financial deficit. UNRWA’s Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini warned again recently that after September, its 28,000 workers might not receive their salaries as the agency is facing a $100...

  • Occupying Habits. Everyday Media as Warfare in Israel-Palestine

    “Sovereignty is made out of a patchwork, weaved together from institutions, private companies, and most significantly technology itself, which dictates certain behaviour and habits.” Israel’s security narrative has become heavily reliant on media technology, as Daniel Mann’s book “Occupying Habits: Everyday Media as Warfare in Israel-Palestine” (I.B.Tauris, 2022) shows....

  • Abbas’s spectacle of begging for less

    Out of hundreds of UN Resolutions on Palestine, Palestinian Authority leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has recently said he only wants one resolution implemented, digging a deeper hole for himself in terms of leadership. “We want the international community to implement only one of them, which was adopted during 74 years....

  • Israel’s colonial violence must be named as the cause of Palestinian suffering

    The two-state compromise facilitates the international community’s alienation from the repercussions faced by Palestinians as a result of Israel’s ongoing settler-colonialism and violence. Imagining Palestine through the imposed (and moribund) two-state framework creates desensitisation from the suffering of the Palestinian people, which is almost never brought into the spotlight...

  • Biden’s visit will expose the PA’s weak status

    This week, the White House announced US President Joe Biden’s forthcoming visit in July to Israel and the occupied West Bank. Needless to say, the Palestinian Authority will increase its rhetorical disillusion with the current US government and its overtures to Israel, while nurturing its gratitude that, as a...

  • EU aid and the PA’s political dependence

    For each concession the Palestinian Authority gains, the Palestinians suffer additional repercussions. The EU’s decision to resume financial aid for the PA after the EU voted in favour, with the exception of Hungary, was juxtaposed against EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s assertions of deepening ties with Israel. “Very happy to be...

  • UN commissions and Israeli impunity

    The UN Human Rights Council’s Commission of Inquiry recently released report on the violations in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has infuriated Israel and sparked another statement from the US State Department on the so-called “one-sided biased approach that does nothing to advance the prospects for peace. The report...

  • Double standards over Palestinian fragmentation and displacement

    On the 55th anniversary of the 1967 war and the commencement of Israel’s military occupation over Palestinian territory, the Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, feebly called out the international community on its acquiescence to Israel and its international law transgressions. “This occupation would not have continued if it...

  • Spacing Debt. Obligations, Violence, and Endurance in Ramallah, Palestine

    “Debt is about borrowing in the present and repaying in the future. In both cases it is the future that is at stake when debt is thought about as a political problem.” Christopher Harker’s ethnographic study “Spacing Debt: Obligations, Violence, and Endurance in Ramallah, Palestine” takes an in-depth look...

  • The memory of Kafr Qasem has been sealed by Israel for far too long

    Israel’s Military Court of Appeals has ruled that documents pertaining to the Kafr Qasem massacre, which happened in 1956, may now be declassified. In February 2017, Israeli historian, Adam Raz from the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research filed an application with the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) Archive, as...

  • Israel’s targeted assassinations should become part of mainstream exposure of its violence

    Israel’s public relations and diplomacy may be running into a few pitfalls, as US mainstream media outlet CNN explicitly called out Israel’s responsibility in the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. During a recent phone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid raised objections to the...

  • Israel exploits the Palestinian trauma of the Nakba

    When Palestinians speak of their ongoing Nakba (Catastrophe), they are imparting a political consciousness which the international community refuses to recognise. For world leaders, diplomats and international organisations, Palestine is just fragments of a land and people without a narrative, as evidenced by the mainstream references to Sheikh Jarrah,...

  • New Australian PM will probably retain support for Israeli colonialism

    Concern about the election of Australia’s new left-wing Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his political stance on Israel is already making news in local and Israeli media. Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected Amnesty International’s report on Israeli apartheid by merely stating, “No country is perfect.” In October 2021,...