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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

  • What lies behind Israel’s latest advocacy for targeted assassinations? 

    Three days after Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, Israel announced the targeted assassination of two senior Hamas officials, Jawad Abu Shmala and Zakaria Abu Muammar, who were responsible for finance and internal relations respectively. Yesterday, Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid announced his support for eliminating the Hamas leadership through targeted assassinations,...

  • They fell like stars from the sky and other stories

    Palestinian Bedouin women’s solitary voices are brought to life in this collection of translated short stories by Sheikha Helawy. Silencing Palestinian narratives is one major impediment which Helawy tackles skilfully, navigating the spaces where silence is forced upon the indigenous population and upon Bedouin women’s expression, in particular. In the...

  • Israelis should look in the mirror when accusing people of being ‘terror apologists’

    Israel expects absolute control over the UN narrative. The international organisation’s Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is facing calls to resign and accusations of supporting terror from Israeli diplomats and politicians. His crime? He merely pointed out that Hamas’s Operation Al-Aqsa Flood “did not happen in a vacuum.” Keeping in mind...

  • UNRWA’s neutrality leaves a gap for Israel’s impunity to thrive in its narrative

    While humanity may have been the purpose of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees’ (UNRWA) pinned status on X.com yesterday, it, instead, illustrated its principles of purported neutrality and how it translates into impunity for Israel. “We are lost for words. We pay tribute to our...

  • The terror narratives protecting Israel’s colonial violence

    “As long as the United States stands and we will stand forever, we’ll not ever let you be alone,” US President Joe Biden told Israelis in an address from Tel Aviv, before proceeding to repeat the same propaganda which NATO and mainstream media utilised to justify foreign intervention in...

  • Humanitarian aid and the politics of annihilation

    The United Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) briefing on the ramifications of Israel’s atrocious bombing of Gaza reveals one prominent detail. “The number of killed is increasing. There are not enough body-bags for the dead in Gaza.” Coupled with the news that Palestinians have been forced...

  • Palestinians have faced ‘unprecedented levels’ of Zionist terrorism for decades

    The White House National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby told the Times of Israel this week that, “Our focus right now is making sure that they have the tools they need to defend themselves against this truly historic, unprecedented level of violence against their people.” The statement conveniently...

  • The UN has long legitimised Israel’s dehumanisation of Palestinians

    Collective punishment is a war crime under international humanitarian law, as per Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. When Palestinians are punished in this way, the international community is cautious enough to avoid the subject and focus instead on Israel’s “security” narrative and purported “right to defend itself”....

  • I Sing From the Window of Exile

    Defiance, nostalgia and politics emanate from Dareen Tatour’s bilingual poetry collection, I Sing From the Window of Exile (Drunk Muse Press, 2022). Tatour is well known for the commotion her poem “Resist, My People, Resist Them” caused in 2015, when she was arrested and later imprisoned for incitement and...

  • Sweeping statements about concessions expose how much the PA is held in contempt

    The only outcomes that the Palestinians can expect from any political negotiations are yet more settler-colonial expansion and talk about concessions. As the Abraham Accords continue to take centre stage, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describing them as a historic breakthrough despite the various stages leading to the...

  • Advisory opinions and wasting time for Palestinians

    In December last year, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to give an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s military occupation, only for the court to respond with statements that the UN itself has been regurgitating for decades,...

  • The UN’s acquiescence to erasing Palestine

    Erasing Palestine is what the Zionist colonial project is about. At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu illustrated the aim by showing a map of Greater Israel – completely eliminating the existence of Gaza and the occupied West Bank – the only remaining fragments...

  • The ‘Peace Day Effort’ offered ambiguity and impunity

    The EU’s Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Sven Koopmans, has succeeded in carving out a niche for ambiguity amid all the non-binding UN resolutions, peace initiatives, normalisation agreements and the two-state compromise. The Peace Day Effort, which was held on the sidelines of the 78th UN...

  • Israel seeks complete impunity at the UN

    The Israeli Government Press Office reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advised UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “change the attitude of the organisation’s institution towards the State of Israel.” If the UN and its institutions were to truly alter their approach in line with international law and human rights,...

  • The humanitarian paradigm complements Israel’s settler-colonial violence

    A late commemoration of World Humanitarian Day in Gaza marked not only that the international community considers Palestinians as an afterthought, but also how far removed diplomats are from the politics that created the perpetual humanitarian crisis in the enclave. Diplomats from Chile, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Norway, the UK...

  • Abbas should stop exploiting the Palestinian resistance

    It ought to be pointed out to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas that he has no political legitimacy to speak about the aspirations of the Palestinian people. They are capable of speaking for themselves, and are in no need of their anti-colonial resistance to be exploited internationally by Abbas...

  • Marginalising Palestinians from their own politics

    In an example of how Palestinians are routinely marginalised from their own political trajectory, the event which Saudi Arabia will be co-hosting along with the Arab League and the European Union at the forthcoming UN General Assembly under the theme “Peace Day Effort for Middle East Peace” will exclude Palestinians and...

  • How the PA contributes to Palestine’s obliteration

    This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, and the Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh is paying homage to the occasion of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s squandering of Palestine. As the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee’s (AHLC) meeting approaches, Shtayyeh warned during a meeting with Norwegian Special...

  • The PA’s quest for control at the expense of the Palestinian people

    When the Abraham Accords became public knowledge in 2020, the Palestinian Authority temporarily made a spectacle out of itself pretending to oppose the normalisation of relations of Arab countries with Israel. After all, didn’t Yasser Arafat himself normalise relations with the occupation state? And wasn’t Mahmoud Abbas a key...

  • The PA will write its own downfall

    If the Palestinian Authority is concerned about anti-colonial resistance, it is certainly acting in a way that will bring about its political downfall. This week, the PA’s security services killed Palestinian Abdul Qader Zaqdah at the Tulkarem Refugee Camp, merely for preventing the security services from removing barriers enacted...

  • The PA’s concept of popular peaceful resistance is political acquiescence

    The Palestinian Authority has revealed its increasing discomfort with the rise of Palestinian anti-colonial resistance in the occupied West Bank. The narrative of Hamas as the epitome of Palestinian resistance can no longer be relied on to foment discord between resistance groups, as armed resistance now denotes a unified...

  • Palestinians are subjected to humanitarian blackmail

    In his recent briefing to the UN Security Council, the international organisation’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, noted that the current situation in the occupied West Bank is further impacted by the funding deficits and fiscal problems faced by the Palestinian Authority. What Wennesland...

  • The international community feigns ignorance over Israel’s colonial violence

    In May this year, the Norwegian Refugee Council warned that over 6,550 students risked the loss of their education if Israel went ahead and destroyed 57 schools in the occupied West Bank. Last week, Israel demolished an elementary school for Palestinian children living in Ein Samiyah. The school was...

  • Paraguay consolidates its historical ties with Israeli colonialism and indigenous repression

    Under the presidency of Horacio Cartes in 2018, Paraguay announced that it would be relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following the unilateral step by the Trump administration in Washington. Three months later, new President Mario Abdo Benitez reversed the decision and relocated the embassy back to...