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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

  • Israel’s new cycles of forcibly displacing Palestinians

    US President Joe Biden placed much emphasis on rhetorically opposing Israel’s settlement expansion. Hence the reaction from Washington over the Israeli Knesset passing the second and third readings of the Disengagement Law that would allow resettlement of Jewish Israelis in four previously vacated illegal settlement areas in the occupied West Bank. Israel’s Ambassador to the US Mike Herzog...

  • The erasure of Palestinians is becoming part of Israel mainstream discourse

    Israeli Finance Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, did not take long to issue another treacherous statement after explicitly calling for the Palestinian village of Huwara to be wiped out. During a private memorial service in Paris, Smotrich stated that Palestinians are an invention. The Palestinians, according to Smotrich, invented “a fictitious...

  • The US feigns being ‘disturbed’ by Israeli settler violence

    Last week, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin acknowledged the current Israeli settler violence against the Palestinian people following a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant. “The United States firmly opposed to any acts that could trigger more insecurity, including settlement expansion and inflammatory rhetoric,” Austin told reporters....

  • The PA foreign minister’s contradictions support Israeli settler-colonialism

    When the Palestinian Authority speaks about Israel’s settler-colonialism, it dilutes any possible impact immediately by mentioning the two-state compromise. During a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart Antonio Tajani in Ramallah, for example, PA Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki praised the Italian official for upholding the two-state paradigm. To...

  • The PA is wrong to suppress Palestinian mourning

    While the emerging Palestinian resistance has declared its opposition to Israel, the Palestinian Authority has unleashed its security services on the Palestinian people. On Wednesday, the PA security services violently dispersed the funeral procession of 49-year-old Abdelfattah Kharousheh in Nablus, who was affiliated to Hamas and killed by the...

  • Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel

    Azad Essa’s book, Hostile Homelands: The New Alliance Between India and Israel (Pluto Press, 2023), offers detailed insights into the politics of Zionism and Hindutva. With an introduction by Linah Alsaafin, the reader is introduced to India as a purported supporter of Palestine “contingent on Israeli interests”.  Zionism and...

  • The emerging Palestinian resistance is a warning for the PA

    For decades, the international community has assumed that it could subjugate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank with financial aid and bogus state-building measures. The Palestinian Authority, which advocates for international impositions over the people of occupied Palestine, notably the two-state compromise, has lost its grip over them, despite...

  • Israel isn’t anti-pogrom, it just doesn’t want Israeli collateral damage

    “What happened in Huwara was a pogrom carried out by law-breakers,” said Major General Yehuda Fuchs, who is in charge of the Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank. “We were not prepared for that many people, how they came, the scale, the force of the violence they used,...

  • The consequences of PA ‘happiness’ over diplomatic nothings

    Last week, Palestinian Envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour said that he was “happy” about the international response to the UN Security Council Presidential Statement which replaced the draft resolution that would have explicitly targeted Israel’s settlement expansion. “The Security Council reiterates that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously...

  • Has the Guardian become a platform for Israel disinformation? 

    When 2022 was claimed to be the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2005, international human rights organisations as well as those in Israel, corroborated with statistical data. So did the UN Security Council, which called for “reversing the trends” in January this year. The Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem,...

  • The UN, Israel and the PA can no longer control the Palestinian narrative

    “I am continuing my engagement with all concerned parties to deescalate the situation. I urge all sides to refrain from steps that could further enflame an already volatile situation,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland stated today, after the Israeli military killed 11 Palestinians and injured over 100...

  • The PA’s capitulation to security coordination and financial aid

    UN resolutions on Palestine are futile. Yet, the Palestinian Authority’s backtracking on the draft resolution which was to be presented to the UN Security Council regarding a condemnation of Israel’s recent settlement expansion is of more pressing concern. As it is renowned for, the PA accepted meagre concessions and...

  • The compromised nature of humanitarian aid for Palestinian refugees

    The Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has described succinctly all that is wrong in politics with regard to Palestine and Palestinian refugees, in a complicit manner, of course. In an interview with Reuters in January, Philippe Lazzarini made an appeal for...

  • The two-state framework and the PA’s betrayal of Palestinians

    If the two-state compromise provided Israel with the veneer necessary for gradually moving towards annexation through settlement expansion, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas might as well ask the UN to declare publicly its allegiance to the settler-colonial enterprise. At the Arab League Conference in Support of Jerusalem held in...

  • The EU uses the ‘two-state’ framework to evade acknowledgement of Israeli apartheid

    In January 2021, the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem declared that Israel imposes apartheid on the people of occupied Palestine, prompting other organisations to be more vocal about the colonial violence experienced by the Palestinians. Politically, the apartheid designation is failing to gain ground, as evidenced by the EU’s...

  • How long until Abbas reneges on his word about security coordination?

    The Palestinian Authority continues to drown in its own political contradictions. Last month, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas stated that he was halting security coordination with Israel, purportedly to protect Palestinians after the Israeli army killed nine Palestinian civilians in Jenin. Abbas has been a source of ridicule over his...

  • Israel’s security narrative and the international community’s humanitarian paradigm

    Israel is up against renewed collective action in terms of Palestinian anti-colonial resistance. The Palestinian Authority has once again halted security coordination, although Mahmoud Abbas has reneged several times and will possibly do so again. Meanwhile, the EU has called on “both parties to do everything possible to de-escalate...

  • Blinken’s visit sustains violence against the Palestinian people

    If Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas had any loyalty towards Palestine and its people, his remarks during US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent visit to Ramallah would have had less to do with preserving the fallacy of hypothetical negotiations and the two-state compromise. Abbas relied on the usual...

  • Ida in the Middle

    Nora Lester Murad’s young adult novel, Ida in the Middle (Crocodile Books, 2022), explores Palestinian identity and makes it relatable to a non-Palestinian audience. Ida, a young teenager, is born in the US to Palestinian parents. She is bullied and ostracised at her school because of her Palestinian heritage,...

  • The Abraham Accords expose international hypocrisy over Palestine

    US senators from the Democratic Party are claiming there is no contradiction between the Abraham Accords and the two-state compromise over Palestine-Israel. If we consider the two-state diplomacy to be obsolete as it stands, their point is made succinctly. The Abraham Accords halted Israel’s intended annexation of Palestinian territory...

  • Calls for Khan Al-Ahmar’s demolition speak of colonial violence and privilege

    The former Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, has told a Likud faction meeting that “illegal Palestinian construction” in the occupied West Bank is “rampant”. He wasn’t being honest. “Last Friday we made it clear that supporting settlements does not contradict upholding the law,” he claimed. “The defence minister...

  • Among the Almond Trees: A Palestinian Memoir

    The Palestinian return is never as envisaged. For Palestinian poet and author Hussein Barghouthi, his struggle with cancer prompted a return to Palestine from his “voluntary exile” after 30 years, as he describes his absence due to studies and work. Among the Almond Trees: A Palestinian Memoir (Seagull Books,...

  • Ben Gvir’s efforts in the erasure of Palestinian identity

    Tying in to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement that “the Jewish people have an exclusive and unquestionable right to all areas of the land of Israel” is the recent order by Israel’s Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir to remove Palestinian flags that are publicly displayed. At face value,...

  • The PA should face criminal and political charges for Banat’s killing

    The brother of murdered Palestinian activist Nizar Banat explained the family’s approach to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December. “For those of us who live in corrupt countries where genuine justice is out of reach, the ICC remains our hope for an un-politicised investigation and prosecution of criminals,”...