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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Saturday rearview: How the world made it harder to be good in 2019

by Rashmee

Posted on December 28, 2019


The week was rich in sights, sounds – and tastes – of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. And then there was a piece I wrote with Jason Karaian  in Quartz about how the world in 2019 made it harder to be a good person. Think about it: you can’t fly, buy fast fashion, anything plastic, … Continue reading “Saturday rearview: How the world made it harder to be good in 2019”

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Jerusalem in food, in pictures

by Rashmee

Posted on December 20, 2019


Resign yourself to it: unless you eat a falafel pitta sandwich (very good from the shop at Damascus Gate, opposite the bakery) or a couple of kibeh or a 15-shekel arayes, food is expensive in Jerusalem. We were shocked. The baker opposite the falafel shop at Damascus Gate sells four pitta for 5 shekel, which … Continue reading “Jerusalem in food, in pictures”

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Like Mark Twain in ‘Innocents Abroad’, we went to the Holy Sepulchre

by Rashmee

Posted on December 18, 2019


  So, like Mark Twain in ‘Innocents Abroad’, we went to the Holy Sepulchre near Jerusalem’s western gate. Unlike Twain, we first stopped at The Garden Tomb, which is on Nablus Road, and no more than 15 minutes of uninterrupted walking time away from the Holy Sepulchre. There’s a reason Twain didn’t go to The … Continue reading “Like Mark Twain in ‘Innocents Abroad’, we went to the Holy Sepulchre”

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Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2019


The blowback from actions of and for Israel is tragically to be seen in parts of Africa. On January 20, Chadian nationals serving as UN peacekeepers in Mali were killed by Al Qaeda. A branch of Al Qaeda claimed the attack and said it was in response to Chad’s resumption of diplomatic relations with Israel. And … Continue reading “Blowback from actions for and by Israel is being felt in Africa”

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Courage is fire, bullying is smoke. Disraeli is apt for Trump’s behaviour at UN

by Rashmee

Posted on December 23, 2017


  You know what they say about bullying. Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. From Washington, D.C., Donald Trump blustered and bullied. From New York, Mr Trump’s envoy to the United Nations, blustered and bullied. Nikki Haley’s various statements would not have been out of place issuing from the mouth of a mafia boss. … Continue reading “Courage is fire, bullying is smoke. Disraeli is apt for Trump’s behaviour at UN”

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Palestinians must take control of their struggle through non-violent resistance

by Rashmee

Posted on December 11, 2017 / The National


From its lowest point, the Palestinian cause can rise to its greatest heights. Consider the immediate response to US president Donald Trump’s unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Three “days of rage” were announced, the Palestinian Authority gravely expressed disappointment and Hamas called for another intifada. There were some clashes between Palestinians and Israeli … Continue reading “Palestinians must take control of their struggle through non-violent resistance”

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Did you hear about Palestinian recognition of Texas as part of Mexico?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2017


It had to happen. The Palestinian National Authority announced that it would recognize Texas as a state of Mexico because it was violently annexed by the United States in the 1840s. “The territory north and east of the Rio Grande is very important to the Mexican people,” explained a PNA spokesperson. “Before American settlers showed … Continue reading “Did you hear about Palestinian recognition of Texas as part of Mexico?”

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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