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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Turkey’s Erdogan loves the Palestinians & some of them love him back

by Rashmee

Posted on September 25, 2018


Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is quite the rock star in east Jerusalem. There, as Bloomberg reports, “Muslim worshipers raise his picture at Friday prayers, restaurants display the Turkish flag on their walls…” Mr Erdogan has done quite a bit for east Jerusalem. Building maintenance. Handouts to the poor. Honest indignation at the plight of … Continue reading “Turkey’s Erdogan loves the Palestinians & some of them love him back”

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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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A controversial take on ‘nakba’, Palestinians’ displacement: end it in the mind

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2018


  “Reading makes immigrants of us all,” the novelist Jean Rhys once said. “It takes us away from home, but more important it finds homes for us everywhere.” Rhys could be said to know something of displacement. She was born in the Caribbean but left in her teens to live mainly in England. Not much … Continue reading “A controversial take on ‘nakba’, Palestinians’ displacement: end it in the mind”

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Hundreds of Palestinian Gandhis and Rosa Parks must stand and sit on principle

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2017


There is only one course available to Palestinians now. They must adopt non-violent resistance. Hundreds of Mohandas Gandhis and Rosa Parks must stand and sit on principle, demanding justice from the oppressor. The Palestinian Gandhis and Parks have to stand their ground as they seek equal political and civil rights from Israel. There is no … Continue reading “Hundreds of Palestinian Gandhis and Rosa Parks must stand and sit on principle”

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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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Israel’s response to UN agency’s ‘apartheid’ finding is a distraction from the real issues

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2017 / The Independent


In response to being called an “apartheid regime” by a UN regional commission, Israel compared the report to Nazi propaganda tabloid Der Sturmer, and foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted: “Don’t read it without anti nausea pills”. It’s a particularly low trick to use past victimhood to dismiss contemporary criticism, and it’s such a trite … Continue reading “Israel’s response to UN agency’s ‘apartheid’ finding is a distraction from the real issues”

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Will Britain sell out the Palestinians again?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 23, 2017 / The Arab Weekly


One hundred years after a British Foreign minister sneakily, strate­gically and fatefully announced the British empire’s support for the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine, the United Kingdom may be surreptitiously selling out the Palestinians all over again. This time, it is not the Balfour declaration, the November 1917 letter from British Foreign … Continue reading “Will Britain sell out the Palestinians again?”

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‘No, you can’t’, President Obama, you can’t magic up Israeli-Palestinian peace. But you tried

by Rashmee

Posted on December 30, 2016


Are you thinking that President Obama is up to a lot of pointless posturing? That the outgoing US administration’s principled display on behalf of the Palestinians is all to the good, but really, too late in the day to be meaningful? That US secretary of state’s John Kerry outline of a US framework for a Palestinian-Israeli … Continue reading “‘No, you can’t’, President Obama, you can’t magic up Israeli-Palestinian peace. But you tried”

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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