United States is absent from discussion of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

by Rashmee

Posted on January 5, 2020 / The Arab Weekly


The US foothold in the region is clearly in decline but it is on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that its shrunken influence is most apparent. Walk around Jerusalem and the presence of the region’s last indigenous imperial power is unmistakable. There is the 16th-century wall, of course, built by Ottoman Sultan Suleiman around the old city. … Continue reading “United States is absent from discussion of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”

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Trump versus Palestinians: The ‘Great Man’ theory at work

by Rashmee

Posted on July 21, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Trump has decisively removed a key brick in the wall that protected Palestinian hopes of a sovereign state and self-determination. Whatever happens with Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election, one thing seems unlikely to change: The US Embassy in Israel will remain in Jerusalem. It will not be moved back to Tel Aviv … Continue reading “Trump versus Palestinians: The ‘Great Man’ theory at work”

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The Ramadan connection and the Trump-Kushner Middle East ‘peace’ plan

by Rashmee

Posted on May 7, 2019


It seems odd to even mention the word “peace” at this point of time, when Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have been engaging in some of the most intense attacks in recent years. But we recently got a date of sorts for the Trump-Kushner Middle East “peace” plan. We don’t have a date … Continue reading “The Ramadan connection and the Trump-Kushner Middle East ‘peace’ plan”

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We are yet to see the Trump– Kushner Middle East peace plan & it may not be a peace plan at all

by Rashmee

Posted on April 1, 2019


On March 27, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before a congressional committee and responded with jocular if unfortunate frankness to the following question:  When is the United States going to unveil the Israel-Palestinian peace plan being crafted by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner? Mr Pompeo replied: “I think we can say in less than … Continue reading “We are yet to see the Trump– Kushner Middle East peace plan & it may not be a peace plan at all”

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What the Trump-Kushner peace plan might actually mean

by Rashmee

Posted on March 10, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


There is still no date for the Trump administration’s long-trailed Palestinian-Israeli peace plan but we know it won’t be until after Israel’s April 9 elections. That’s what Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, recently said. As we inch closer to its unveiling, what might the plan actually mean? First, an American … Continue reading “What the Trump-Kushner peace plan might actually mean”

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Why Israel is pushing for a reset in relations with the Muslim world

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Binyamin Netanyahu’s Israel is determined to become a friend of all the world. All the Muslim world beyond the Palestinian territories, that is. In 2016, it was Muslim-majority Guinea. In 2019, it’s Muslim-majority Chad and soon, perhaps, overwhelmingly Muslim Mali. In restoring relations, Guinea, Chad and Mali end 52, 48 and 47 years, respectively, of … Continue reading “Why Israel is pushing for a reset in relations with the Muslim world”

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Jared Kushner’s attitude to Palestinians is like Sanjay Gandhi’s to the poor

by Rashmee

Posted on August 6, 2018


    Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s reported plan to end refugee status for Palestinians reminds me of a 1970s Indian attempt to end slum conditions for the poor. In an effort to abolish poverty, the headstrong son of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi decided just to abolish the poor instead. Mr Kushner’s methodology seems … Continue reading “Jared Kushner’s attitude to Palestinians is like Sanjay Gandhi’s to the poor”

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Can a poem be as deadly as a tank?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 5, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


A poem has certainly never stopped a tank, Nobel literature laureate Seamus Heaney once wrote, but the Israeli government seems to disagree. It appears to believe there is a mighty combustible charge contained within a poem and that the poet is rather like a tank commander. On July 31, Arab-Israeli Dareen Tatour was convicted for … Continue reading “Can a poem be as deadly as a tank?”

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Israel’s new law is an elegy for Palestinian rights

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The howls of protest from Israeli Arabs, cold denunciation by prominent Palestinians and polite murmurs of discomfort from the European Union don’t fully explain the significance of the Jewish Nation-State law. The legislation — Israel’s latest Basic Law, which is tantamount to a constitutional amendment — means that not only is the two-state solution dead, the chance of a … Continue reading “Israel’s new law is an elegy for Palestinian rights”

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British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture

by Rashmee

Posted on June 29, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


When Prince William became the first member of the British royal family to officially visit the Palestinian Territories, some said it was fine so far as it went, but the gesture came seven decades too late. It was a reference to Britain’s perceived irrelevance in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 71 years after the British Mandate in … Continue reading “British choreography should have risen beyond the symbolic gesture”

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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