The recent barrage of anti-Israel outrage on the Israel/Gaza conflict from various spokespersons for self-styled pro-Palestinian groups highlights a curious feature of this debate: their absolute silence on the treatment of Palestinians in other Middle Eastern countries.
From Egypt where they face restrictions on working, owning land, setting up businesses and accessing education to Lebanon where they are denied citizenship and even access to the healthcare system, people of Palestinian origin, including those who themselves or even their parents were born in their host country face levels of discrimination that would draw endless international outrage were it practiced by Israel on its Arab minority.
Syria used to be the most welcoming of Arab countries for Palestinians. Lately, as the violence between the Assad regime and the insurgents gets steadily more vicious, the Palestinians in the country have increasingly become the target of government forces suspecting them of siding with the rebels. Dozens of people were killed earlier today in attacks by Syrian air force jets on the overwhelmingly Palestinian Yarmouk district of Damascus. It seems a mosque was targeted.
In early September, in one particularly vile incident, the same district was shelled and stormed by Assad's troops resulting in many civilian casualties. After seizing control, they attacked the al-Basel hospital dragging out patients and arresting them.
I've checked the IPSC (Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign) website. There's not a mention of this. The same goes for the Sadaka website (The Ireland Palestine Alliance) - not a word. I could also point to various left wing parties whose strident condemnations of Israel contrast with rather anodyne expressions of concern on, for example, Syria. Curious - no? Why are the rights of Palestinians in Arab countries of no concern to these groups?
1. Syrian planes hit Yarmouk mosque killing dozens | euronews, world news
2. Syrian troops storm Damascus refugee area, chase rebels | Reuters