[Marxism] Fwd: al-Araby al-Jadeed English - Assad and the Palestinians: from Tal al-Zaatar to Yarmouk

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 8 07:50:09 MDT 2015

The apolitical representation of the humanitarian crisis in Yarmouk when 
UNRWA went in a year ago is now replaced with political 
misrepresentation of the crisis in Yarmouk when IS went in a week ago.

In other words, the image of Palestinians in Yarmouk has changed from 
helpless starving masses to helpless masses under IS threat.

The discourse largely understates the responsibility of the Syrian 
regime in besieging and bombarding the Palestinian population since the 
early days of the revolution.

As the Palestinians try to resist IS expansion, Assad complements the 
siege by bombarding the camp from above.

In order to understand the crisis in Yarmouk, Assad's perpetual war and 
siege of the camp, and the role the camp has played in the Syrian 
revolution must be acknowledged.


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