The Nakba continues to unfold

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… The Palestinians are said to be marking al-Nakba (literally, the catastrophe) today, May 15. On this day, day 73 years ago, 750,000 of them lost their homes and became refugees. It was the consequence of Israel’s declaration of independence on May 14, 1948 and the end of British control, by League of … Continue reading “The Nakba continues to unfold”

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That Dutch election inspired hope…but not because of who won outright

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… It seems awfully long ago (April 2 actually) that Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte survived a no-confidence vote after being caught up in a scandal that threatened to end his 11 years in office. And the March 17 Dutch  election seems like ancient history. In managing the crisis-defying feat of winning,  Mr … Continue reading “That Dutch election inspired hope…but not because of who won outright”

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Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 30, 2021 / The National


Now that the Netherlands’ election results have been finalised and officially published, chances are much of the world will lose interest in what happens next. After all, the incumbent won a fourth term after a dull campaign in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the process of forming a coalition government in the Netherlands … Continue reading “Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?”

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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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Sanders or not, the US Democratic Party is increasingly turned off by Netanyahu’s Israel

by Rashmee

Posted on March 6, 2020


Whatever happens with the two-man race that is now the Democratic presidential field, one thing is clear: the positions taken by Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel are forcing a change in the strongly bipartisan nature of US-Israeli ties. Where once both the Republican and Democratic parties shared the exact same regard for Israel – so much so … Continue reading “Sanders or not, the US Democratic Party is increasingly turned off by Netanyahu’s Israel”

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But, of course, the EU Must Recognize Palestine. The alternative is more drastic

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2019


With the US steadily working with Israel to obliterate hopes for a two-state solution, Daoud Kuttab, an award-winning Palestinian journalist, has suggested we are at a fork in the road. Writing in Project Syndicate, Mr Kuttab said, “If European leaders – or, indeed, any others around the world – want to advance a vision of … Continue reading “But, of course, the EU Must Recognize Palestine. The alternative is more drastic”

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Amid the dreary state of Arab-Israeli relations comes Christmas cheer and a message of hope

by Rashmee

Posted on December 26, 2019 / The National


It being Christmas, there is a certain obligation to bring glad tidings, or at least as glad as is possible in a year marked by deepening discontent and divisions in many parts of the world. This despite the Palestinian-Israeli issue ramping up a contentious notch earlier this week when Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor at the … Continue reading “Amid the dreary state of Arab-Israeli relations comes Christmas cheer and a message of hope”

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Jared Kushner is so last century (as in 19th)

by Rashmee

Posted on June 6, 2019


In an earlier age, here’s what you might have expected British imperialists and Belgian Africa hands to say about India, Congo, large swathes of the planet where the “natives” are dark-skinned and the weather a bit hot: “The hope is that they, over time, will become capable of governing”. Fast forward to 2019 and here’s … Continue reading “Jared Kushner is so last century (as in 19th)”

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The world changed on March 25, 2019 and may never be the same again

by Rashmee

Posted on May 25, 2019


  Two months ago today, the world changed. Let me explain. As Jonathan Kuttab says, the Golan Heights are going to be a template for future acquisition of territory by war. He’s right. It’s also to be expected that Mr Kuttab would say that. He’s a co-founder of the independent Palestinian human-rights organization Al-Haq in Ramallah, … Continue reading “The world changed on March 25, 2019 and may never be the same again”

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A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2019


While US President Donald Trump will run for re-election in 2020 on a solidly pro-Israel platform, the campaign overall is still likely to generate some heat (and light?) on the Palestinian issue. Consider what’s happening already with the large numbers of Democratic candidates who’ve thrown their hat into the ring. Not too long ago, Beto … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II”

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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