Category Archives: syria

Interminable Nakba: Syrian Palestinians return to the unknown

Like other Syrians, Syrian Palestinians are collateral damage to both the Syrian regime’s bombing and the international approach that chooses to manage the disintegration of Syria. The crisis of Al-Yarmuk has unearthed trans-generational memories of the 1948 Nakba, kept alive by the obduracy of second- and third-generation refugees now witnessing their camps – their neighborhoods – disappear like those of their grandparents.

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‘The clash of civilizations’ theory is absolutely and completely dead

The theory of the ‘clash of civilizations,’ promulgated by the late Samuel Huntington (above) and once widely taken seriously, has been destroyed by events of the past few years in The Middle East

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The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

The charade is empowering – for the powerful. The charade is a disaster – for the suffering.

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Death toll rises in Yarmouk as siege and bombings continue

A week ago the world rejoiced when food trucks finally arrived to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria to alleviate mass starvation, but since then the siege is back. Even after the food arrived, it did little to curtail starvation throughout the camp of 40,000. The death toll now has exceeded 63,

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Rejecting collective punishment from Gaza to Syria

Nothing can possibly justify the Syrian regime’s policy of collective punishment against the Palestinians of Yarmouk, writes Omar Chaaban.

Posted in Activism, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, syria | 181 Comments

‘Palestinian liberation incomplete without the liberation of all’–a statement on the siege of Yarmouk

A group of Students for Justice in Palestine chapters write a statement on the situation in Yarmouk camp in Syria.

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While you were neutral about Yarmouk

The Pro-Palestinian movement was delayed in picking up on the tragic unraveling of Yarmouk. It took the work of a great deal of dedicated activists to force it into the forefront of the solidarity movement’s agenda. What couldn’t be predicted, however, was that, in the place of silence, an ugly neutrality would hover over the new-founded concern.

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Cornell SJP responds to the situation in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp

Over the past year, as a result of a fraught military escalation, Yarmouk has become a charnel house, the overwhelming majority of its people in flight, while the remaining few die of starvation. We cannot accept this. No one has the right to deny another food, or to use food as a weapon of war. For that reason, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine stands with the remaining few Palestinians in Yarmouk. We ask that the government coordinate with the United Nations or other capable and non-compromised agencies to ensure that the people of Yarmouk can eat. We demand that the armed groups respect its neutrality and leave the camp immediately. And we insist that the Palestinian refugees in Syria be allowed home to Palestine.

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Are the Palestinians the losers of the Arab Spring?

Abdalhadi Alijla argues the Arab Spring has been counterproductive towards the Palestinian cause.

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The false analogy of Syria and Palestine

Jonathan Cook responds to critics about his opposition to launching yet another “humanitarian intervention” in Syria.

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Is Rwanda the Israel of Africa?

Is Rwanda the Israel of Africa? Rwanda has taken more or less the same post-genocide road as Israel – aggressive militarism under the guise of innocence for past suffering. If we speak the truth about post-Holocaust Israel and post-genocide Rwanda, Holocaust remembrance takes another turn.

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Settlers/Colonists, syria, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 18 Comments

Israel and its Middle East allies have embraced the three state solution

With the window on the Two State solution already closed, the Three State solution seems absurd. After the laughter subsides, though, take a look at the geopolitics in the evolving Middle East.

Posted in Egypt, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Middle East, Occupation, One state/Two states, syria, Turkey | 42 Comments

‘Most Wanted’ poster of imperial Jewish life hypes attack on Syria

I can’t get it out of my head. The poster came into my life last night as I surfed the net. I awakened this morning with my head throbbing, wondering what the poster symbolizes to me. Then it hit – a Most Wanted poster of Jewish life.

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Red Lines and Green Lights: Israel still angling for attack on Syria and Iran

President Obama may have drawn his seemingly regretted “red line” around Syria’s chemical weapons, but it was neither he nor the international community that turned the spotlight on their use. That task fell to Israel. Israel still desperately wants its chief foe, Iran, crushed. And if it can find a way to lever the US into doing its dirty work, it will exploit the opening – regardless of whether such action ramps up the suffering in Syria.

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How to get from Kigali to Syria via the Holocaust

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Elie Wiesel, Shmuley Boteach, Sheldon Adelson and Birthright Israel Co-founder Michael Steinhardt are teaming up with Rwandan President, and war criminal, Paul Kagame to push for an attack on Syria.

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Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

Containment allows Israel to keep everything it has taken in Jerusalem and the West Bank – with more to come — Marc Ellis, at Mondo

Posted in American Jewish Community, Arab Spring, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Middle East, Occupation, One state/Two states, syria, US Policy in the Middle East | 27 Comments

Syrian chemical weapons deal puts pressure on Israel to sign weapons treaties

John Kerry landed in Israel yesterday after meeting with with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva to iron out a deal over Syria’s chemical weapons disposal. Although the trip to Israel was hyped in some quarters as “a personal mission to try to achieve a long-elusive peace deal between Israel and the PA”, Barak Ravid reporting in Haaretz zeros in on a topic we discussed earlier, Will Kerry ask Israel to ratify chemical weapons treaty, with Syria plan afoot?

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Our indigenous preoccupation

The claim that the Jewish form of the prophetic is the root of the Jewish tradition and is peculiar to it is challenged by neo-conservative Jews and Jews on the universalist Left. Jewish neoconservatives want empire without internal critique; Jews on the universal Left want justice without a claim of particularity. However, due to the highly charged nature of Jewish history, no matter what Jews want they can’t have it both ways.

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Double standard: Disarming Syria puts Israel’s nuclear and chemical arsenal in the spotlight

As John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva today to discuss the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile the Wall Street Journal spotlights a “ripple effect”, the focus on Israel’s nuclear program.

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Jews say no to AIPAC and say no to bombing Syria

In three days 100 Jews from around the world signed on to a statement sharply critical of AIPAC and other Jewish bodies lobbying for President Obama’s war resolution against Syria.

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Putin’s exceptionalism and our own

It is mind blowing to have Vladimir Putin lecture President Obama and the world on democracy and justice. Putin’s pretense of Russian altruism and search for democracy in Syria is ridiculous. Nonetheless, when at the close of the editorial Putin chastises President Obama on American exceptionalism, his words are worth contemplating.

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Obama punts on Syria

President Obama punted last night in a primetime address to the nation. The war mongers – especially AIPAC – lost their bid for war (for now). The Assad government lives to see another day. Despite the rhetoric, the President and America’s foreign policy establishment may have decided that Syria’s present dictator is better than the one who would follow. Sad to say, the suffering masses in Syria are beside the American political point.

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‘AIPAC must be kept for consensus issues only’: Israeli diplomat slams Israel lobby for engaging on Syria

Interesting tidbit from Ben Caspit in Al Monitor. He quotes a “long-standing diplomatic source” described as “an expert regarding the entire historical background of Israeli-US relations” who is extremely critical of AIPAC’s decision to push for a U.S. strike on Syria.

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Was Obama bluffing on Syria all along?

What a difference a day makes. In the last 24 hours the Senate vote, originally set for Wednesday to authorize a strike against Syria, has been postponed. Obama undercut his speech to the nation tonight, originally intended to ramp up support for the strike, by making the rounds on networks news shows and announcing he’d be exhausting “all avenues of diplomatic resolution.” What if we’ve been bluffed? What if Obama never cared if he looked like the loser? What if taking it to Congress was intended to provide him with a mandate NOT to invade Syria all along, and not to set our country up for a war with Iran?

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Adelson offers to help Obama get the votes he needs on Syria

Sheldon Adelson has given his first interview on Syria to the National Journal. He offers President Obama his help in what would be “the most unusual marriage of political convenience.”

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