Author: Eva Bartlett

YARMOUK: understanding the situation

Given the immense amount of lies and war-mongering prevalent not only in the corporate media/MSM but also amongst Palestine supporters who either unknowingly have got the story of Yarmouk wrong or, worse, are collaborating with the war-mongerers against Syria, and thus against Palestine… I’ve collated some important articles for anyone who is genuinely interested in understanding what is happening in the Yarmouk district of Damascus and how this came to be. Additionally, one excellent investigative article details the situation of Palestinians in Syria and their involvement or not in the “crisis” (read: imperialist-zionist-fat gulf war against Syria).

PERMANENT PAGE ON YARMOUK–LINK

***Stealing Palestine: Who dragged Palestinians into Syria’s conflict?, Nov 10, 2014, Sharmine Narwani, RT.com

Divided PLO unable to manage Yarmouk crisis–Tim Anderson, Apr 13, 2015, Professor Tim Anderson [on In Gaza for those without FB]

ISIS Begins Withdrawal From Yarmouk Camp, Apr 17, 2015, Al Masdar News

Palestinian official: Syria undergoes foreign aggression, keeping silent is treachery, Apr 14, 2015, Al Masdar News
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Canadians For World Peace–Syria

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“Make a sign for Peace. Make a sign that says you don’t consent to WAR and Canada’s involvement. Post them here and we will make our cry for Peace Viral.

As Canadians we are sick and tired of our so-called ‘government’ following the so-called ‘US Government’ blindly into endless wars of aggression.

Colonialism, murder, theft and rape end with Our Generation. The time to Stand Up for Peace is Now.”

“Canadians For World Peace Sign Event” FB page: CLICK HERE

“Canadians For World Peace” FB community page: CLICK HERE

“Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War” FB page: CLICK HERE and website CLICK HERE

Backgrounders:

-Canadian jets conduct first operation in Syria, Apr 9 2015, Press TV

-Poll: Number of Canadians opposing broader mission in Iraq, on the rise, Ken Stone commentary, Apr 10, 2015, Press TV

-Coalition to Stop the War protests outside Hamilton federal building, Mar 30, 2015

-Peace Group asks Canadian opposition leader to review policy on Syria, Apr 7, 2015

Divided PLO unable to manage Yarmouk crisis–Tim Anderson

Apr 13, 2015, Professor Tim Anderson

“The invasion by ISIS of the Palestinian settlement of Yarmouk, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, has exposed serious divisions within the Palestinian leadership. An apparent agreement to confront the new crisis, with the Syrian Government, was rapidly disowned by the PLO leadership in Ramallah.

In the absence of a united Palestinian response it is highly likely that the Syrian Army, with allied Palestinian factions, will impose a ‘security solution’ to the area. This may mean near complete evacuation of the area and heavy bombardment. Only about 18,000 of the pre-crisis population of 160,000 actually remain inside Yarmouk.

PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani on 9 April announced a joint Syrian and PLO response to the ‘obscurantist terrorists’ who had seized the camp. He said the Syrian leadership had been dealing with Yarmouk ‘with a high level of sensitivity’ given its special status and as it symbolically stands as the capital of Palestinian Diaspora’. Because of that sensitivity, there had been no ‘security solution’ so far. However all attempts at a ‘political solution’ had been aborted by the terrorist groups.

Within hours the PLO in Ramallah effectively washed its hands of the matter, saying that it refused to ‘drag our people and their camps into the hellish conflict that is taking place in Syria’. Yet some sectarian Palestinian groups bear great responsibility for the Yarmouk crisis. They were the ones who invited Jabhat al Nusra snipers into Yarmouk, leading to Syrian Army security clamp-downs on the area.
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Souria Samideen–words of a Syrian from Quneitra

In a mini mart yesterday afternoon, a guy patiently waiting for me to stuff my cucumbers and other groceries into my bag and clear out of the way, pointed at my wristband with surprise. “I couldn’t wear that here,” he smiles. Aha, gut feeling confirmed: Syrian. Another man shows up, his brother, and we get chatting.

They now work at the construction site across the road but are from a Jabal al-Shaykh area village.

We sit and talk for a half hour, on Syria, on the lies and propaganda against Syria, and during our conversation they repeat the same things I’ve heard over and over again on how safe Syria formerly was, how the state provided for their most basic needs… and then some, and how from the beginning this was no revolution.
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“Evacuation of refugees from ‪#‎Yarmouk‬ by the ‪#‎SAA‬ into safe areas held by the ‪#‎Syrian_Government‬”

In contrast to the garbage coming out of MSM reports on Yarmouk, and from war-mongering front groups like Avaaz (see James Boswell’s Mar 2015 article on Avaaz at his website Wall of Controversy), HRW, Amnesty (garbage which as Tim Anderson pointed out “phoney humanitarians” endorse, noting, “Fake concern for refugees, while you back war which spawns millions of refugees.”)…here are a number of links and updates on the situation in the Yarmouk neighbourhood of Damascus, with a critical overview by Sharmine Narwani at the end.

“Refugees evacuated by the Syrian Arab Army from takfiri-besieged Yarmouk, a Palestinian suburb of south Damascus, under the supervision of Syrian Minister for Social Welfare, Ms Kinda al Shammat.” –Tim Anderson. Photos from Syria 24 English FB page

Sharmine Narwani:

“I don’t hear a peep out of DC about the Gaza siege, for instance. The Syrian government has every right to blockade the border areas between Yarmouk and Damascus to prevent extremist gunmen from entering the capital. I have been in Yarmouk several times, including last year, and have talked to aid workers inside the camp, including UNRWA. The Syrian government, in their view, assists in getting aid and food to refugee populations inside the camp – contrary to western narratives and those activists who report for groups like the Electronic Intifada – most of whom who have not set foot in Yarmouk since the early days of the conflict.”

Tim Anderson

“Yarmouk has been infiltrated several times by the NATO-GCC-backed Islamists, and each time the Syrian Arab Army has had to dig them out. Now SAA-backed Palestinian militia do most of that work, on this occasion against ISIS helped by Jabhat al Nusra.

It is certainly the case that some sectarian Palestinians helped al Nusra into Yarmouk, in the past, but it is just absurd war propaganda (identical to that of the NATO-Islamists and the US State Department) to suggest that the Syrian Government would ‘punish’ tens of thousands of Palestinians for this. Syria has hosted these refugees for decades.”

Complete Battle Update from Yarmouk Camp; 1,600 Civilians Escorted to Safety, Apr 7, 2015, Al Masdar News

“…With the firefights engulfing 30th Street, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) – in coordination with the Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and Fatah Al-Intifada – attacked the ISIS militants on Libya Street, recapturing the territory lost to the enemy combatants on Sunday night.

The Palestinian resistance forces are now in control of 40 percent of the Al-Yarmouk and Falasteen Camp Districts, along with the majority of Al-Tadamon – the firefights at the latter district involves the Islamist forces not loyal to ISIS.

Avaaz: manufacturing consent for wars since 2011

Eva Bartlett:

another damning article on the war-mongering, mass-murder-enabling farce that is AVAAZ (and its counterparts AI and HRW…)

Originally posted on wall of controversy:

Four years ago I received an email from the internet campaign group Avaaz which read:

“Together, we’ve sent 450,000 emails to the UN Security Council, “overwhelming” the Council President and helping to win targeted sanctions and a justice process for the Libyan people. Now, to stop the bloodshed, we need a massive outcry for a no-fly zone.” [Bold as in the original.]

Of course, that no-fly zone was Nato’s justification for a war – “no-fly zone” means war. So the bloodshed wasn’t about to be stopped, it was about to begin in earnest:

The foreign media has largely ceased to cover Libya because it rightly believes it is too dangerous for journalists to go there. Yet I remember a moment in the early summer of 2011 in the frontline south of Benghazi when there were more reporters and camera crews present than there were rebel militiamen. Cameramen used to…

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