Author Archives: Omar Barghouti

What Comes Next: A secular democratic state in historic Palestine – a promising land

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Our series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm” returns today with entries from Omar Barghouti and Udi Aloni. Barghouti describes the process of decolonization in Israel/Palestine writing: “Decolonization should not be understood as a blunt and absolute reversal of colonization . . . [but] should be regarded as a negation of the aspects of colonialism that deny the rights of the colonized indigenous population and, as a byproduct, dehumanize the colonizers themselves.” Aloni makes the case for binationalism saying, “it is the reality that we still refuse to recognize. Now, after one hundred years of conflict, with no solution in sight, the time has come to present binationalism in all its glory.”

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Israel refuses to recognize its own nationality: Israeli Supreme Court says ‘Israeli’ nationality could endanger idea of Jewish state

Omar Barghouti writes: “Israel remains the only country on earth, as far as I am aware, that does not recognize its own nationality, does not recognize a major part of its citizenry, the indigenous Palestinian citizens of the state, as nationals of the state, but recognizes foreigners who share the majority’s religion as nationals!”

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As Israel’s occupation drags on, boycotts are one way forward

By appealing to people of conscience around the world to help end Israel’s three-tiered system of oppression, the BDS movement is not asking for anything heroic, but for fulfilling a profound moral obligation to desist from complicity in oppression. Given the billions of dollars lavished on Israel annually by western states, particularly the United States and Germany, taxpayers in those countries are in effect subsidising Israel’s violations of international law at a time when social programmes are undergoing severe cuts, unemployment is rising, and the environment is being devastated.

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Remnick ignores the Nakba’s role in Israeli ‘democracy’

Omar Barghouti critques David Remnick’s latest piece in the ‘New Yorker’ for ignoring the Nakba and Palestinians living outside the occupied territories.

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The UN application for the State of Palestine and the future of the PLO

As expected, rhetoric notwithstanding, the actual application submitted by Mr. Abbas to the UN General Secretary for admission of the “State of Palestine” as a full member in the UN does not contain any clause that may arguably protect the … Continue reading

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Israeli textbooks portray Palestinians as ‘terrorists, refugees, and primitive farmers’

This insightful research by respected Israeli scholar Nurit Peled-Elhanan will confirm what Palestinian researchers have always known: Israel’s prevailing culture of racism, fundamentalism, support for war crimes, and apartheid against Palestinians is mainly a product of an educational system that indoctrinates … Continue reading

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Obama, the Arab Spring and irrelevance

In his policy speech on Thursday, 19 May, US President Barack Obama said that with the eruption of the Arab peoples’ revolutions for freedom and democracy Al-Qaida lost its relevance. In my view, so did the US, relatively speaking, but … Continue reading

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Challenging AIPAC’s abuse of taxpayers money

The Arab democratic spring, striving to end authoritarian rule and establish freedoms and social justice, has not been welcome by all. Israel and its main lobby in the U.S., the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), for instance, appear to … Continue reading

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Peace demands challenging Israel’s exceptionalism

Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League repeats the mantra that by advocating comprehensive Palestinian rights, including full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel and the UN-sanctioned right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes from which they were forcibly … Continue reading

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Omar Barghouti on ‘Why BDS?’

Omar Barghouti has finally been issued a visa to travel to the US for his speaking tour in support of his new book. We’ve included the tour dates and locations after the post below. Haymarket Books has been generous enough … Continue reading

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I Wish You Egypt: An open letter to people of conscience in the West

I wish you Egypt! I wish you empowerment to resist; to fight for social and economic justice; to win your real freedom and equal rights. I wish you the will and skill to break out of your carefully concealed prison … Continue reading

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Barghouti: For the US, ‘freedom’ in the Middle East amounts to the ‘liberty’ to bow to its hegemony

Omar Barghouti sent us this in response to our post on the US refusing to issue him a visa for his upcoming speaking tour. Barghouti is the author of the upcoming book Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian … Continue reading

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