Ghada Karmi

Ghada Karmi, 72, is a medical doctor and a leading Palestinian activist, academic and writer. She is a research fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies at the University of Exeter, Britain, and writes frequently for The Guardian, The Nation and Journal of Palestine Studies.   Her books include Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine and In Search of Fatima, an autobiographical work about her exile from Palestine.  Karmi was born in Jerusalem to a Muslim family and grew up in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Katamon with its mixture of Palestinian Christians and Muslims. As a young girl she and her family were forced to flee in the 1948 Nakba and settled in England.  In 1998 she visited her childhood home in Katamon for the first time since 1948.  She was one of the first supporters of Global March to Jerusalem and is a member of the Advisory Board.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:16am
Global March to Jerusalem: An Act of Homage to a City in Danger
On March 30th a ground-breaking event will take place. I had not expected it would ever happen when I first heard about it. While teaching at the Summer University of Palestine last July in Beirut, I met a group of Indian Muslims taking the course. They told me they were organizing a people’s march to Jerusalem to bring to the world’s attention to Israel’s assault on the city’s history and culture, and its impending loss as a center for Islam and Christianity.
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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 3:40pm
Only Palestinian Refugees Can Give Up Their Right of Return
No issue has been so thorny or so fundamental to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the Palestinian right of return. Long dismissed by Israel as an unjustified threat to its existence, and sidelined by western policymakers, it has refused to go away. On the contrary, for the refugees it has an almost sacred quality.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 12:14pm
A Middle East Peace That Wreaks Havoc
What an irony that the Palestinians' arch-enemy, Israel, should also be their savior. There is a real danger that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks due to start on September 2 in Washington could yield a botched deal that falls far short of the needs of international law or elemental justice, and sets back the cause of Palestine for decades, if not for ever. Fortunately this will not happen as long as Israel's obduracy can be relied on to save the Palestinians from such an outcome.
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Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 10:36am
These Shameful Events Have Humiliated the Arab World
The spectacle of Saddam Hussein's execution, shown in pornographic detail to the whole world, was deeply shocking to those of us who respect propriety and human dignity. The vengeful Shia mob that was allowed to taunt the man's last moments, and the vicious executioners who released the trapdoor while he was saying his prayers, turned this scene of so-called Iraqi justice into a public lynching.
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Monday, May 15, 2006 - 11:38am
Where is the Global Outcry at This Continuing Cruelty?
Israel is 58 years old today. Israelis have already celebrated with barbecues and parties. And so they should, for they've pulled off an amazing stunt: the creation of a state for one people on the land of another - and at their massive expense - without incurring effective sanction. Some of those not celebrating, the Arab citizens of Israel, were also there, demonstrating to remind the world that Israel displaced 250,000 to take their land without compensation.
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