Is it humane to appropriate all the suffering in the world, leaving none for the Palestinians?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 24, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Israel’s fourth general election in two years (on March 23) reminded me of how earnestly – and determinedly – Israelis have engaged in nation-building. And it also a reminder of how carefully, Israel has worked to preserve ethnic nationalism. Back in 2019, CUNY associate professor and Haaretz columnist Peter Beinart … Continue reading “Is it humane to appropriate all the suffering in the world, leaving none for the Palestinians?”

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Past shame cannot change the labelling of Israeli settlements products

by Rashmee

Posted on November 17, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


It devalues the horrors of the Holocaust to liken that suffering to a European judicial order requiring honest labelling of products from Israeli settlements. After Israel’s Foreign Ministry hit back at the ruling by the European Union’s top court that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements, I looked at the food-labelling guidance … Continue reading “Past shame cannot change the labelling of Israeli settlements products”

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Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan

by Rashmee

Posted on March 4, 2019 / The National


Recent weeks have been tumultuous, but from out of the clamour, sober voices with no appetite for war can be clearly heard Fighting between India and Pakistan hasn’t stopped entirely but the threat of nuclear war has receded for the moment. On Saturday, heavy shelling and a dozen deaths of civilians and soldiers were reported along … Continue reading “Amid all the turmoil, peace could break out between India and Pakistan”

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It’s worth visiting world’s first ghetto, where the very word came into being. Especially now

by Rashmee

Posted on April 14, 2017


If you’re visiting Venice, look away for a few hours from the beauty of the bridges, the light on the water, the poetry in stone of the city’s buildings. Head for the Ghetto, the world’s very first (known) experiment in organized exclusion of a whole community based on religion, race and fear-mongering. The word “ghetto” … Continue reading “It’s worth visiting world’s first ghetto, where the very word came into being. Especially now”

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Germany has set itself free of the past by being truly, deeply remorseful about it

by Rashmee

Posted on November 25, 2016


Before Donald Trump’s election win, film-maker Michael Moore pointed to Germany as a good example for America to follow. More specifically, in the way it has come to terms with its history and immense historical wrong. The US hasn’t done so – with respect to African-Americans and Native Americans. This failure to atone will prevent … Continue reading “Germany has set itself free of the past by being truly, deeply remorseful about it”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK