Tikkun Magazine

This time it is not Israel responsible for Palestinian suffering–see the situation in Yarmouk, Syria

Palestinians trapped dying in Yarmouk, Syria – a test for the left

If, as progressives, we truly care about injustices done to Palestinians, if our goal as leftists goes beyond expressing fury toward Israel, we must raise our voices every bit as forcefully, right now, to try to help the people of Yarmouk.

By Bradley Burston

It was once the largest Palestinian community in Syria. Situated barely a few miles from President Bashar Assad’s palace in Damascus, the two square kilometers of the Yarmouk district were a de facto refugee camp, home to well over 100,000 people.

But that was before the Syrian civil war made the camp into a battleground four years ago, before the Assad government besieged the camp for more than two years, and, most recently, before ISIS invaded it as a strategic prize, Syrian aircraft barrel-bombed it, and the 18,000 Palestinians left there have been trapped, slowly starving, vulnerable to disease, deadly crossfire, and the horrifying prospects of ISIS rule. Read Brad Burston’s insightful column in Ha’aretz at:  http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/a-special-place-in-hell/1.650850

tags: War & Peace