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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

  • Normalising UN terminology leads to normalising genocide

    The unfolding genocide committed by Israel in Gaza is being muted by terms which, for decades, did nothing to even alleviate the consequences of settler-colonialism for Palestinians, let alone provide any safety or liberation. Every time that the root cause of the violence is not mentioned by politicians, diplomats...

  • Where is the ‘morality’ in Israel’s erasure of Palestinians?

    Had the world retained its sensitivity, the myth of “the most moral army in the world” would have shattered already. But the Israeli military is utilising its tactic of isolating individual cases of human rights violations and pointing fingers at individuals, rather than blame the genocidal policy of Israeli...

  • Arms sales and diplomacy encourage Israeli genocide

    The White House issued a briefing on 8 February regarding a National Security memorandum that conditions US military aid to its allies. Or rather, pretends to condition aid. One of the listed objectives, for example, reads, “prevent arms transfers that risk facilitating or otherwise contributing to violations of human...

  • Wasting time emboldens Israel’s genocide of Palestinians

    Israel attacking Rafah poses “a grave and imminent threat that the international community must urgently confront,” said the prime ministers of Spain and Ireland yesterday. In a joint letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Prime Ministers Pedro Sanchez and Leo Varadkar asked “the Commission undertake...

  • The UN is complicit in the forced displacement of the Palestinians

    Never, ever, trust the UN’s concept of human rights. As Israel continues its genocide in Rafah, supposedly a safe zone designated by Israel itself while it hounds out Hamas in other areas of Gaza, the UN held its daily press briefing and made use of its usual jargon, carefully...

  • Palestinian Music in Exile: Voices of Resistance

    “There is no location of Palestinian exile that has not produced its own musicians or musical experiences.” Louis Brehony’s book Palestinian Music In Exile: Voices of Resistance vividly portrays the Palestinian anti-colonial resistance through music by bringing forth Palestinian voices mainly through the refugee experience, which is also a...

  • Killing Palestinians through useless debate is the international community’s tactic

    As Israel’s genocide against the Palestinian people unfolds for the entire world to see in real time on social media, world leaders have only managed to debate humanitarian “pauses” rather than a ceasefire. Even the context of such temporary “ceasefires” is grossly misplaced, with the focus resting solely on...

  • UNRWA is a direct consequence of Israeli colonialism

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has agreed to investigate the neutrality of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees’ (UNRWA). Three institutes will be participating in the independent review: the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden, the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway and the Danish Institute for Human...

  • Humanitarian aid and mass starvation

    Zionist attempts at rationalising Israel’s violence are devoid of any logic. As Palestinians face mass starvation in Gaza, Israeli settlers have taken it upon themselves to block humanitarian aid from entering the enclave, describing their actions as a protest until the hostages held by Hamas are released. State and settlers...

  • Genocide is the result of the international community’s waiting game

    What we are witnessing today in Gaza is the result of the UN normalising the Zionist colonisation of Palestine and the establishment of Israel on Palestinian territory in 1948. To exacerbate the consequences of colonisation, the UN determined that settlements established after 1967 are illegal under international law, which...

  • Israel and its allies seek to annihilate UNRWA and the Palestinian people

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on South Africa’s legal case about Israel’s genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza is the latest example of normalising the settler-colonial entity’s existence and its actions. In its interim ruling, which consisted of six provisional measures, the ICJ failed to call for...

  • The UN and Israel are on the same page

    Even in the midst of Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians, the UN Secretary-General is still pursuing the defunct two-state paradigm. While addressing the UN Security Council earlier this week, Antonio Guterres called for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, while calling out Israeli officials on their rejection of...

  • Latin American Relations with the Middle East: Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis

    While breaking away from the Cold War era and subsequent expectations, both the Middle East and Latin America have “increased their mutual relations as well as their international activism.” Editors Marta Tawil Kurti and Élodie Brun have compiled research by various authors on Latin American foreign policy towards the...

  • The EU is both dismissing and endorsing Israel’s genocide

    “What we want to do is to build a two-state solution. So let’s talk about it,” EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell stated prior to a meeting in Brussels with Israeli and Palestinian officials. “What other solutions do they have in mind? To make all the Palestinians leave? To...

  • Guterres exhibits absolute obedience to the Zionist narrative

    Unsurprisingly, the speech by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the World Economic Forum in Davos not only failed to highlight Israel’s genocidal actions, but also diminished the enormity of the crisis by allocating it just a few sentences. “The world is standing by as civilians, mostly women and children, are...

  • How far will complicity reach in Israel’s genocidal offensive in Gaza?

    If we were to listen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the definition of genocide would be altered, because Israel’s definition of its genocidal intent and actions were summed up by him as “a moral and just war” waged by the settler-colonial enterprise and the Israeli military. “This international...

  • Don’t Look Left: A Diary of Genocide

    As Israel seeks to squirm its way out of accusations of genocide by enforcing its fabricated security narrative at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), harrowing accounts of life in Gaza under Israel’s genocidal bombardment are accessible for everyone to see and digest. Don’t Look Left: A Diary of...

  • Killing and banning journalists reveals what Israel wants to conceal

    On Monday, Israel’s High Court declared that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) can continue barring foreign journalists from entering Gaza, on the pretext of security concerns. According to the court decision, foreign journalists can place “an undue onus on IDF resources in wartime,” reported the Times of Israel.  As Israel...

  • US diplomacy has exhausted much of its hypocrisy

    Over 23,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been murdered by Israel over the past three months with the aid of US arms and ammunition, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is putting pressure on Arab leaders to halt the violence. Arab leaders should have never abandoned Palestine, and the...

  • The IDF’s propaganda no longer holds any weight

    As footage of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) in Gaza emerged, the hyperbole about the military being the most moral army in the world increased. Yet nothing will erase the images of Palestinian civilians kidnapped, tortured, some summarily executed. Nor will the testimonies of survivors be forgotten. Over 20,000...

  • Singling out Smotrich and Ben-Gvir adds to Israel’s impunity

    Earlier this week, the US State Department released a statement rejecting the forced transfer and resettlement of Palestinians from Gaza, attributing the rhetoric from the Israeli side to Israeli Ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir. “We have been told repeatedly and consistently by the Government of Israel, including by...

  • What the international community’s silence over Israel’s colonial violence has reaped in Gaza

    “We cannot let the idea take root that an efficient fight against terrorism implies to flatten Gaza or attack civilian populations indiscriminately,” French President Emmanuel Macron stated a week ago. Israel, he said, should: “Stop this response because it is not appropriate because all lives are worth the same...

  • Forced transfer, 'moral imperative' and colonial contempt

    Two op-eds published on Christmas Day, one by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Wall Street Journal, and the other in the Jerusalem Post by Joel Roskin, geologist and geographer at Bar-Ilan University, both point towards the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Gaza. Only Netanyahu’s rhetoric, not his...

  • The UN gains from Israel’s genocide

    At the UN Security Council, the US has made it a point to make itself the centre of attention, rather than allow the slightest semblance of protecting human rights and lives to take precedence. Yesterday, a vote was postponed in the hope of avoiding a US veto on a...