Published on Apr 17, 2016
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ramzy Baroud (via video)

The one-day Australians for Palestine Symposium “In the Eye of the Storm: Palestine and the New Media” was held in Melbourne, Australia at the Telstra Conference Centre on Thursday 31 March 2016 with keynote speakers Ali Abunimah and Ramzy Baroud (via video) and was followed by 3 sessions of panel presentations and discussions.


Dr Ramzy Baroud is a Palestinian-American journalist, author and internally-syndicated columnist who has been writing about the Middle East, and Palestine in particular, for over 20 years. Recently, he earned his PhD in Palestine Studies from the European Centre for Palestinian Studies at the University of Exeter.

Born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza, Ramzy Baroud has been witness to the ongoing Palestinian ordeal of daily cruelties under Israel’s occupation and the horrors of dispossession. His first-hand accounts have breathed life into his highly-respected journalism.

Ramzy Baroud is the founder and editor of The Palestine Chronicle and he has held editorial positions at the London-based Middle East Eye, The Brunei Times and Al Jazeera Online.

He has also taught mass communication at Australia’s Curtin University of Technology, Malaysia Campus and served as head of English’s Research and Studies department.

His first two books, Searching Jenin: Eyewitness accounts of the Israeli Invasion and The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle have won the praise of many scholars world-wide. His third and latest book, My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story portrays the life of his family as representative of the millions of Palestinians in the Diaspora and leaves no reader of conscience in any doubt about the righteousness of the Palestinian struggle for justice and self-determination.

Baroud’s articles have been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide and he has been a guest on various television and radio programs including RT TV, CNN International, BBC, ABC Australia, National Public Radio, Press TV, Aljazeera. His speaking engagements have taken him to many universities and institutions around the world and he has been a guest speaker at the House of Commons in London, England.