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Interminable Nakba: Syrian Palestinians return to the unknown

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Before it was a refugee camp, Al-Yarmuk was long known as the battle that consolidated Syria under Arab rule after the landmark defeat of the Byzantine Empire in 636 C.E. From now on, however, it will symbolize a different event. Al-Yarmuk now stands between Tel Al-Za’tar – the Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut that was

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

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It is far too early for a conclusive historical verdict on the wave of uprisings that have swept across the Middle East since a street vendor in Tunisia named Mohamed Bouazizi protested his unfair life by burning himself to death in December 2010. A half dozen Arab nations have been torn by massive popular uprisings,

The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Syrian talks went nowhere. As expected. Everyone knew they were show and tell. In Geneva, there was no breakthrough but there were accusations and yelling galore. Along with the fear of

Death toll rises in Yarmouk as siege and bombings continue

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A week ago the world rejoiced when food trucks finally arrived to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria to alleviate mass starvation, after nearly 200 days of siege and over 50 dead. Parcels of lentils, oil, sugar, rice and noodles were distributed. People gathered in the streets to cook a coffee-table-sized pot of soup. But an

While you were neutral about Yarmouk

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While you were insisting on neutrality about Yarmouk, the Syrian regime dropped barrel bombs on it. Mohammad Al Far. Husam Abo Ahmad. Mohammad Tafori. Mohammad Suhaib Al Qides. Ala’a Fri’j. These men are all dead. Mohammad Taha would later die too when he, along with a larger demonstration, approached a regime checkpoint in frustration after the carnage rained

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

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The situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, the ghost capital of the Palestinian Shatat, is intolerable. Over the last several months, the camp’s remaining Palestinians have been closed off from without and deprived of food by government troops, invaded from within by the Saudi and Qatari-armed insurgents whom the siege seeks to contain.

Are the Palestinians the losers of the Arab Spring?

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Reading the news of Hassan Hassan’s murder, the Palestinian actor and comedian, in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp, was like a bombshell. Hassan and his wife were arrested by Al-Assad forces three months ago; his wife and son were released two days later. However, he was detained until his family was informed to issue a death

The false analogy of Syria and Palestine

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As with many of those who express a view in the continuing debate about the wisdom of launching yet another “humanitarian intervention” in Syria, I have found myself under attack from those calling for more war. The charge against me and many like me is one of hypocrisy. So where are my double standards? I

Is Rwanda the Israel of Africa?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Well it seems that the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is on tour.  In the United States, Kagame will soon be hobnobbing with the chronicler of the Holocaust – and silencer of

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

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. One State advocates are having a field day.  They deserve it.  After standing in the Two State shadow for decades, the mainstream media is running opinion pieces on the need for Israel/Palestine

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

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. 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

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

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President Barack 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. It was an Israeli general who claimed in April that Damascus had used chemical weapons, forcing Obama into an

How to get from Kigali to Syria via the Holocaust

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For some grim fun, read the following three links in order. First, Human Rights Watch on Human Rights in Rwanda: Rwanda has made important economic and development gains, but the government has continued to impose tight restrictions on freedom of expression and association. Opposition parties are unable to operate. Victoire Ingabire, president of the FDU-Inkingi,

Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The One State/Two State debate has ignited again with Ian Lustick’s, “Two State Illusion” in the Sunday New York Times.  Ilan Pappe has also weighed in on the subject in his essay,

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

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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

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

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Last week on September 9, as a collective gasp of relief over the Russia-Syria deal could be heard around the world, Foreign Policy magazine published an article revealing a 1983 CIA intelligence document stating Israel likely had a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons at the Dimona Sensitive Storage Area in the Negev Desert. As John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Jews say no to AIPAC and say no to bombing Syria

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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.  Hopefully people will refer to it in their efforts with the media, Congress, teach-ins and rallies.  It reads: We Jews Oppose Calls for the U.S. to Bomb Syria  We are appalled

Putin’s exceptionalism and our own

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. It is mind blowing to have Vladimir Putin lecture President Obama and the world on democracy and justice. But there it is, in the New York Times no less, just days after the

Obama punts on Syria

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. President Obama punted last night.  The war mongers – especially AIPAC – lost their bid for war.  The Assad government lives to see another day.  Despite the rhetoric, the President and America’s foreign policy

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

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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: “It is not wise, it is not correct, it is excessive,” said the diplomatic

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

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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“: “I would be willing to help out the administration because I believe it’s the right thing to do. He is our only – we don’t