Scott Horton Interviews Rami Khouri

Scott Horton, July 26, 2011

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Rami Khouri, internationally syndicated political columnist and author, discusses his article “It Sure Looks and Smells Like Apartheid” in Lebanon’s Daily Star; the starkly different competing narratives on Israel’s origin; making protest boycotts illegal within Israel; the Arab world’s broad acceptance of a two-state plan based on 1967 borders – despite rhetoric that they want to “push Israel into the sea;” and how the Israeli state’s version of Judaism has abandoned social justice in favor of Zionist racism.

MP3 here. (19:43)

Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth.

He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author.

Rami was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in October 2006, and in November 2006, he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.

15 Responses to “Rami Khouri”

  1. The reason why Israel doesn't wan't to go back to the 67 borders is that there are now 500000 Israeli settlers living in those area's (including East Jerusalem) and since the Israeli military this day's is filled with religious fanatics who fight in the name of the Torah and the Talmoud rather than the law of the land or international law. there is no way for Israel to remove those settlers.

  2. The reason why Israel does not want the 1967 border is because they want the water of Lebanon along with the natural gas fields off shore. I find it interest how the nation who refuses to even state what they want for land borders will run off to the United Nations to try to get the United Nations to give Israel part of the gas fields off the Lebanon coast. The 1955 and 1967 invasion of Gaza was clear to gain control of the seas off the coast. Germany has given 7 nuclear capable submarines which will roam the waters that the Israel deny to fisherman of Gaza. I always believe part of punishment of Gaza is to keep the natural gas fields and control of the seas. Naval power has always given aggressive nations like an advantage. Israel gets so much foreign aid by the bribed elected official.
    What needs to be understood is Israel wants to be much bigger and they want to own everything. They never were a group running from events. They started the movement to create empire Israel in 1880 which was 50 years before any problems in Germany. They were in trouble in Russia because they were attempting to form the homeland of the Jews in part of Russia. The people of Russia who owned the land of Russia were not thrilled with the idea of giving up their land to create a homeland for the Jews.

  3. As I am fond of saying, prior to 1948, Jews controlled Palestine for something like a hundred years in all the millennia of history. Some property rights record that god bestowed on his chosen people.

  4. With the right will on all sides, it should take little to resolve the Palestine-Israeli conflict. It is clear that Palestinians have accepted the reality of a zionist settlement on their ancestral lands – all the area it managed to conquer prior to the 1967 war. Israelis need to seize this opportunity and move to quickly make peace on this basis with their Arab neighbors. This is the only way they can demonstrate that the avidly racist regime of Netanyahu and Liberman are a lunatic fringe who do not represent their commitment to peace and justice. Time is running out for Israel. Will they be able to muster the courage to do the right thing and return all land seized in 1967? At stake is the future not just of Israel and Palestine but of the entire world.

  5. Khalifah Aaed(Allah Today Massenger) plan for Abu_Baker Quranic State in Falastin-jordan-hijazyemen is UE coming=means no israel-K$A IN Shariaa(Isa coming) Peninsula=means no Bu$h COloniez

  6. Israel is making good money out of the occupation. Indeed, commercial profiteering from the Israeli settlement enterprise spans every sector of the economy and has become — what many would term — big business. For
    example, Israel maintains complete military and administrative control over The West Bank. The Jordan Valley is rich with natural resources; Israel operates an entire agriculture industry out of the Jordan Valley as well as the Dead Sea, generating good Income. Israel also maintains control over, Palestine’s natural resources, including its water aquifers. In fact, Israel pumps water from Palestianien aquifers and sells it back on the Palestianiens at a profit.

  7. Strongly supported by the US Religious Right fanatics (in pursuit of the Rapture, the Second Coming, etc) too.

  8. Most of the rain falls on the mountains of the West Bank, during the winter rainy season. The rain soaks in, and flows through cracks in the limestone to break out in springs near the Jordan. At present, Israel pumps out quite a lot of the ground water, uses it for their irrigated orange groves, US style flush toilets, etc. They use rather more from the Jordan river than falls each year in the rainy season, which is why the Dead Sea is drying up.

  9. True because zionism is a perversion of what the Torah teaches, see Brother Nathanael he has some great material on Real Jews showing how judaism is a religion not a region, and how true torah jews who dont accept the demonic talmud of the middle ages, accept that jews are under God's exile as spoken about in Malachi. Want to hear from Jews who are not rotten to the core check out Brother Natanael's vids.

  10. Your guest is from a Christian background. He is not a Muslim, Scott, as you stated in your last question to which Mr Khouri didn't get a chance to respond .I believe that his family came from (was driven out of) the famous Arab Christian and Muslim town of Nazareth.

  11. …On the subject of Nazareth; it has been a long, long time since I was there, and you'd probably need to ask someone from that town for definitive information, but I think that I was told that there were Jewish Arabs in Nazareth as well, before Zionism and the British Mandate came to Palestine. There are or were Arab Druze in the area, too.

  12. Thanks for the reference. I'll try to remember to check it out if the state of Israel ever becomes a normal nation. Right now I am so disgusted with everything U.S.ian & Israeli, I can't even bear to do any reading that would deepen my understanding of what the real issues should be about.

  13. 1967 borders? – the plan by Israel is to murder all of the Palestinians and to take all of their lands – there will never be a Palestinian state.

  14. Very impressive that 60 years after the Partition Plan the Arabs decide to accept it…wow!

  15. Sure, it’s apartheid. But if they want to live apart from the Palestinians they should be free to.

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