[Marxism] Palestinians turn against Assad regime

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 23 10:08:44 MDT 2011

This article is Zionist propaganda. The first third, about Palestinian
resentment against Assad and support for democracy, is plausible, even
likely. No-one has suffered more than the Palestinians from
undemocratic, pseudorevolutionary leaderships and regimes.
But the last two-thirds is a retread and expansion of Zionist lies
about how the June (Naksa) march to the border for return was
organized by the regime. This ignores the May (Nakba) marches to the
border. The only reason the marches were more successful in June in
Syria and not, as in May, in Lebanon also, is that in Lebanon in June
the Palestinians themselves decided they couldn't pull it off.
But they'll be back for more return marches, from Lebanon, from Egypt,
from Jordan -- and from Syria once the fake antiZionist Assad is
strung up from his heels, if not before.

On Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM, Dennis Brasky <dmozart1756 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Palestinians turn against Syrian regime The shift in sentiment among
> refugees could further erode Assad's legitimacy
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> BEIRUT, Lebanon -- While stripped of their nationality in
> Jordan<http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2010/02/01/stateless-again-0>and
> living in Lebanon in the worst
> socio-economic conditions<http://www.forcedmigration.org/guides/fmo018/fmo018.pdf>of
> any in their community, Palestinian refugees in Syria have long
> enjoyed comparably
> better circumstances <http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=55>, including
> equal rights with citizens.
> But in a development that challenges a central pillar of the Syrian regime's
> legitimacy, Palestinians in Syria are beginning to turn against a
> dictatorship that for decades used its claims of resisting Israel and
> fighting for Palestinian rights as justification for the repression of its
> own people.
> "We will not accept to be a bargaining chip for the Syrian regime," said Abu
> Ammar, 50, a Palestinian refugee living in Yarmouk, a poor southern suburb
> of Damascus and the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria.
> "The regime wants to use us against the pro-democracy protesters but I think
> most Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk now moved from being neutral to being
> on the side of the Syrian protesters," he said. Ammar is a former militant
> in Fatah, the dominant secular Palestinian party, and is now a car mechanic
> in Yarmouk.
> The camp is home to some 150,000 registered Palestinians, as well as tens of
> thousands of Syrians.
> As Syrian protesters demanding basic rights continue to be gunned down by
> President Bashar al-Assad's security forces, Syria's Palestinians are
> beginning to stand up like citizens themselves, protesting against the
> ruthless violence of Assad's government.
> "Palestinian refugees in Syria live among Syrians, not like in Lebanon. For
> six decades we have lived together and there are many mixed marriages and a
> new, mixed generation," said a political activist from the Democratic Front
> for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP).
> "When the protesters call on us to participate, it shows they consider us
> partners, not strangers. We have the same rights as Syrians, so we also have
> the same responsibilities."
> On July 1, in the first reported mass participation of Palestinians in the
> opposition since the uprising began in mid-March, more than 3,000
> Palestinians from the refugee camp in the central city of Homs joined the
> pro-democracy protests.
> More than simply a boost to the size of the protests that Friday, the
> participation of the Palestinians, for some long-time Syria watchers,
> represented a seismic shift.
> "Dictators have used the Palestinians for the last 50 years to get
> legitimacy, saying to their people, ‘You have to tolerate all this violence,
> all this lack of freedom, all this brutality because we're going to liberate
> Palestine.' That's a lie," said Wissam Tarif, director of Insan, a Syrian
> human rights organization.
> "My father bought it. And the fathers and grandfathers of the people
> protesting on the streets bought it too. But we don't."
> Anger is growing among the half a million Palestinians living in Syria as
> details emerge of the regime's role in pushing Palestinian protesters into a
> deadly confrontation with Israel last month, in what was widely condemned as
> a move to divert attention from its own brutal crackdown.
> Full –
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