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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

  • The EU should stop exploiting Palestinian NGOs

    If the EU did not embark upon “shows of support”, to use the phrase synonymous with anything related diplomatically to Palestine, there would be nothing to its name through which the bloc could claim any semblance of accomplishment in this arena. We saw one such “show of support” last...

  • America’s need to bolster the PA is indicative of the strength of Palestinian resistance

    The US preoccupation with the Palestinian Authority possibly losing control over the Israeli-occupied West Bank has resurfaced, at a time when Mahmoud Abbas is adamant about pursuing full UN membership for Palestine, despite Washington threatening to use its veto. The message is clear: the US wants the PA to...

  • Israel and the US are accomplices in ambiguity and impunity

    No criminal investigation will be opened to establish who killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in May. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) released an ambiguous statement that merely echoed the US State Department’s non-committal tone when it said that no conclusive evidence was provided by the ballistic analysis. “There is...

  • The two-state compromise drives arguments for and against Palestine’s UN membership

    The Palestinian Authority is once again seeking full membership of the UN, and the US has already expressed its opposition. The two-state compromise continues to form the premise for the arguments both for and against UN membership, as presented by the PA and the US respectively. However, the PA’s...

  • The EU sensationalises hunger strikes and protects Israel’s violations

    Had the wife of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh not publicised photos of her husband’s emaciated body, the EU would have felt no urge to call for his release. “Shocked by the horrible picture of Awawdeh who is hunger striking now for 169 days in protest against his...

  • Israel’s visible violence is protected by its own impunity

    When Israel’s violations are caught on camera, it seeks to scapegoat the identifiable individuals only in order to safeguard the state’s institutions. Israeli media quoting the Israeli Defence Forces’ Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi concerning the recent (and normal) brutality of soldiers beating up Palestinian detainees must be seen...

  • EU concern about Palestinian NGOs will not override its support for Israel

    Israeli forces raided the offices of seven Palestinian civil society organisations last week and shut down the premises, following accusations of ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The doors of the premises were welded shut and documents left behind by the soldiers specified no...

  • Gantz and Lapid are on the same page in their intentions towards the Palestinians

    For Israeli officials who disagree with the meetings between Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, the latter’s remarks during a press conference in Germany provided an opportunity to showcase their opposition. Abbas later retracted his statement about Israel committing 50 holocausts against the Palestinians...

  • The US ambassador’s rhetoric bolsters Israel’s oppression of Palestinians

    We expect better terminology from a diplomat, not uncouth jargon with no other purpose except to misrepresent a bad situation. US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides spoke out recently in favour of the colonial-occupation state’s latest aerial offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. His words were reminiscent...

  • Mansour Abbas lends support to Israel’s colonial narrative 

    Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas has exposed how exploitative his role is within the coalition government formed by former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. His political party, he claims, has “no influence” when it comes to Israel’s security concerns. “We have no influence on military operations. We are in...

  • Israel’s fake security narrative is bolstered by the Abraham Accords

    “The deaths of innocent people, particularly children, is heart-breaking,” said Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, without any signs that his heart was breaking. All Palestinians, including children, have been regarded as legitimate targets by Israel for decades, and in a densely populated strip of land such as Gaza, the...

  • 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....