Trapped between Assad and ISIS: the abandoned Palestinians of Yarmouk

April 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm (hell, islamism, Jim D, Middle East, murder, palestine, Syria)

Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, Damascus, queueing for food.

Above: the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp after bombing by Assad’s forces

About 200,000 Palestinians lived in the Yarmouk camp in a suburb of Damascus for more than 50 years. They were once held up as a symbol of Syrian support for the Palestinian cause, but when Syrian opposition forces moved in two years ago, Assad turned on the Palestinians, laying siege to the camp and blocking water and electricity supplies.  Now Islamic State (‘Daesh’) jihadists have moved in, while Assad’s forces barrel-bomb the camp. The remaining Palestinians are trapped between the two forces of mass-murder.

Yet the UN stands by and does nothing. And the so-called Palestine Solidarity Campaign organises no protests and rounds up no celebrities to sign letters to the Guardian. Why not? Surely it’s not because on this occasion, Israel can’t be blamed?

Thanks to Martin Chulov and Kareem Shaheen of the Guardian.

To his credit, Mehdi Hasan speaks out.

Correction: the PSC has issued a statement … blaming Israel …

8 Comments

  1. John R said,

    The Palestine Solidarity Campaign do manage to find that the solution to Yarmouk is sanctions against…Israel.

    There is no condemnation of Isis, no mention of them indeed.

    Here –

    “Palestinians in Yarmouk are unable to return to their homeland because Israel denies them that right, granted to them by UN Resolution 194. PSC calls on the international community to exert pressure on Israel, through sanctions, to abide by international law, end the occupation, end the siege on Gaza, and allow all Palestinian refugees, including those in Yarmouk, the right to return.”

    http://www.palestinecampaign.org/psc-updates-psc-calls-for-action-on-yarmouk/

  2. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    Fascists do seem to be able to find each other. The Pale Socialist Christians and Islamists are an example. Job prospects : Give them a gun a shovel and a bag of lime. And some Jews to to fulfill their fantasy. Give the Jews the shovel to save them breaking sweat.

  3. Jim Denham said,

    I notice that Mehdi Hasan, in his otherwise quite good article, cannot resist this:

    “Those who try to use the tragedy of Yarmouk to excuse or downplay Israel’s 48-year occupation of Palestine should be ashamed of themselves.”

    Well who, exactly, is doing that, Mehdi?

  4. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    The Fascists choose their words and the followers obey.

  5. Steven Johnston said,

    Their homeland? WTF! Palestine was a workers state pre-1948?
    Nah, most of the land was in the hands of wealthy landowners, the working class of Palestine owned nothing.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      My da was in Palestine 1940 – 46 and it was a war zone!

  6. Jim Denham said,

    Two letters in today’s Graun: the first is excellent, while the author of the second (a well-known Stalinist) would just love to blame Israel, but even he can’t: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/17/yarmouk-shows-treatment-palestinians-arab-world

  7. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    Here we have all those muslim states, some are filthy rich and surround Israel. Yet they blame Israel for their woes whilst they conduct a blod bath against each other. And we have the idiots in Britain with their Palestinian sympathy blaming the Jews for all the ills in the Middle East.

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