For decades there has been an international drumbeat of concern for the Palestinians, their victimhood, their welfare and their human rights. But how much does the world really care about the Palestinians? We are learning now they don't care at all as Assad slaughters them in Syria.
Where are the front-page headlines? Where are the UN condemnations? Where is the U.S. State Department ? Where are the sponsors of flotillas to bring aid to the refugees? Where are the campus protests? Where are the Christian organizations? Where are the peace groups? Where are the pro-Palestinian organizations?
The answer is they are all silent.
Just two months ago, 180 countries voted in favor of Palestinian statehood at the UN, but they have not adopted a resolution condemning the brutal slaughter of Palestinians by Syria. Imagine if Israel were responsible for what is happening to the Palestinians. The UN would have acted immediately and all the groups mentioned above would be in an uproar.
How do we explain the difference?
Jeez Advi, another pathetic Zionist screed attempting to deflect Israel’s obligations towards the Palestinian peoples.
I can’t speak for the world, but the Palestinians—who are refugees in Syria, among other places, as a result of Israel’s oppression against them--are suffering along with the Syrians themselves and a host of other ethnic groups that make up the Syrian population. It’s unfortunate that realpolitik has prevented a more direct involvement by the West on behalf of all
of the peoples of Syria.
But this doesn’t detract from the fact that Israel must redress its oppression of the Palestinian peoples. The fact that there are Palestinian refugees there actually highlights Israel’s dereliction.
The answer lies in a simple but inconvenient truth — no one really cares about the Palestinians – unless Jews are involved.
More precisely, it’s the involvement of the Zionists
what with their repugnant ethnocentric ideology that holds that Palestine belongs to the “Jews,” and therefrom oppress the Palestinian peoples in Palestine and Syria and the other countries where they are refugees.
This is not new; you can go back to the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. The popular misconception is that the Arab states invaded to help the Palestinians. Actually, they intended to carve up Palestine for themselves, not to create a Palestinian state.
The Palestinians would have been at home with the other Levantine peoples in the area. The reason there are a Palestinian people is because of the carving up of the Middle East by the allied nations after the First World War to suit their own interests. The peoples of Palestine had the misfortune of being subjugated by Great Britain and obtruded upon by the Zionist colonizers from Europe.
The conflict with Israel after the Nakba and its attendant issues with Palestine and the Palestinian peoples was, and continues to be, unresolved.
From 1949 until 1967, Egypt could have given Gaza to the Palestinians for a state, just as the Jordanians could have created a Palestinian state in the West Bank . Neither did, but no one in the world cared because the Palestinians were not interested in a state and the occupiers were Arabs.
Actually, after the 1967 War the various militant Palestinian factions in Jordan began to clamor for sovereignty, which Bard refers to further down in his screed.
The lack of concern for the Palestinians was also evident after the 1967 War when the UN adopted Resolution 242, which has been the basis for all peace negotiations, yet does not mention the Palestinians.
UN Resolution 242 specifically refers to “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict,” in other words, the withdrawal of Israel from Palestine.
When the PLO tried to overthrow Jordan's King Hussein in 1970, the world did not show concern for the thousands of Palestinians who were killed by the king's forces. The exact figure is unknown, but the number may be greater than the total for all of the conflicts with Israel put together.
Either the Palestinians were not interested in a state, or they were interested in a state and tried to overthrow King Hussein. Bard doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going.
Yet another example of the disinterest toward the Palestinians occurred when Kuwait expelled 300,000 Palestinians for supporting Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. This made no headlines and generated no UN resolutions.
The Palestinians that were in Kuwait were there for the very reasons that the Palestinians in Syria are there, the Zionists’ continued oppression of the Palestinian peoples.
The world was only concerned with the killing of Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Lebanon because Jews were in the vicinity. The murderers were Lebanese Christians; nevertheless, it was Israel that was blamed.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) abetted in the massacre.
After more than 700 Palestinians have been killed in Syria, survivors are fleeing the country. Have you heard any concern for them or for how the Palestinian refugees have been treated for decades in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan?
The Palestinian refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan are the direct responsibility of Israel and its continued oppression of the Palestinian people, and its intransigence thereof.
Israel offered to allow some of the refugees from Syria to go the West Bank, but Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the idea.
This merely would have absolved Israel of its obligation towards those Palestinian refugees.
Of course the Palestinians have controlled all the refugee camps in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for almost 20 years and done nothing to move the people into permanent housing and close the camps. They prefer to keep the camps as breeding grounds for terrorists and as examples of victimhood.
This cynic conveniently fails to mention that Israel is in full control of the West Bank and grants the Palestinians a token amount of self-governance in the Occupied Territories.
The Arab states are full of bluster on the Palestinian issue, but, besides rhetoric, the Arab states provide only token amounts of money so they can say they are contributing to the cause. They have repeatedly pledged aid to the PA, but not made the payments. And, given the wealth of the Gulf states, the amount of these pledges is embarrassing. On January 14, 2013, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said his government might not meet its obligations to its people because of the failure of Arab League members to deliver the $100 million they promised.
The Arabs renege on their pledges of support to the PA, and the Israelis withhold tax payments to the PA.
Another inconvenient truth is that the world is indifferent to Arabs slaughtering Arabs. We continue to see this in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and other Arab countries. The usual explanation is essentially a racist one; that is, Arabs are expected to behave in this way whereas Jews are held to a higher standard and that is why their involvement merits worldwide attention.
It's the Zionists that hold themselves to a different standard. According to them “the Jews” have been the most oppressed people in the world, and so the world should grant the Zionists special dispensation for their efforts to maintain their own oppressive state in Palestine.
The irony is that the people who care the most for the Palestinians are probably American and Israeli Jews. In the United States, Jews are among the most vociferous supporters of the Palestinians. The Jewish establishment organizations are also pro-Palestinian, advocating a two-state solution that would give Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza the same freedoms Israelis enjoy, but are currently denied to them by their own leaders. In Israel, many Jews advocate for the Palestinians: Israelis represent them in the courts, join them in protests and speak out on their behalf in the press and the Knesset. The many Arab-Jewish coexistence projects are nearly always initiated by Israeli Jews.
With the slaughter in Syria, Palestinians can see who their real friends are, and most are not the ones they expect.
What are these real friends of the Syrian Palestinians doing for them, exactly, other than promoting the farce that is the Two-State Solution?