Trump’s accords were smoke and mirrors

by Rashmee

Posted on May 18, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA Like almost everything else Donald Trump did, the Abraham Accords were about smoke and mirrors. Back in September, the then president was proclaiming “the dawn of a new Middle East”. The rather grandly named Abraham Accords were supposed to cement new bonds of goodwill and neighbourliness between Israel and the UAE … Continue reading “Trump’s accords were smoke and mirrors”

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Memory and forgetting. Here’s why and how to remember the Nazis’ many many victims

by Rashmee

Posted on January 27, 2021


Every year, January 27 is given over to remembering the Holocaust but might there be rather more merit in the German state’s official designation of this day since 1996? For 25 years, Germany has called January 27 ‘Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism’. On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz, the largest Nazi extermination … Continue reading “Memory and forgetting. Here’s why and how to remember the Nazis’ many many victims”

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Pakistan…Palestine: Sacred vs secular spaces in ummah politics

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2020


  Does the “Arab street” still exist? I mean in the sense of the broad swath of Arab public opinion, passive, non-violent and emotionally attached to the idea of helping Palestinians achieve justice and self-determination. Does the politics of ummah still work? I mean in the sense of Muslim solidarity on certain core issues to … Continue reading “Pakistan…Palestine: Sacred vs secular spaces in ummah politics”

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How to read the ‘Arab street’ as America pushes rapprochement with Israel

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2020


This week, Donald Trump’s official and unofficial secretaries of state – Mike Pompeo and Jared Kushner – fanned out across the Middle East and North Africa to push Arab-Israeli rapprochement in the aftermath of the August 13 Israel-UAE deal. The US-sponsored deal between Israel and the UAE was only the third such accord Israel has struck with … Continue reading “How to read the ‘Arab street’ as America pushes rapprochement with Israel”

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In Bethlehem, a Christmas story with a modern message-and Jingle Bells in Arabic

by Rashmee

Posted on December 25, 2019 / Quartz


At the newly-renovated Church of the Nativity where, the story goes, Jesus, the Prince of Peace was born, pilgrims from around the world are gathering for midnight mass. But for some, the real celebration of peace happened last week, a 10-minute drive away from the church, in as humble a place as the stable where Christ was born. At Canary … Continue reading “In Bethlehem, a Christmas story with a modern message-and Jingle Bells in Arabic”

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Best Friends Forever? How Israel is trying to cut the Palestinians out of friends

by Rashmee

Posted on November 9, 2018


Most Israelis rather fancy they’re European really, and that it’s just extreme bad luck their biblical home happens to be in the Middle East. But now they seem to want to try on the role of positive ‘influencers’ – to use a hip term – in the region. Israel has been inching closer to Arab … Continue reading “Best Friends Forever? How Israel is trying to cut the Palestinians out of friends”

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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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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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There is only one course for the Palestinians — non-violence

by Rashmee

Posted on December 17, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


I write this from the Indian capi­tal New Delhi, where a massive 11-figure statue is probably the clearest sign that the Palestin­ians can fight a mighty system and hope to win. The statue commemorates the start of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent struggle against the all-powerful British Empire. It depicts the Salt March, begun by Gandhi to … Continue reading “There is only one course for the Palestinians — non-violence”

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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