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The Birth of This Palestinian Refugee Problem

Hamas puts down protest following Syrian displacement of 10,000

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Syrian soldiers yesterday.(-/AFP/Getty Images)

Following the Syrian navy’s shelling of the main port city of Latakia, approximately 10,000 Palestinians living in a neighborhood there have been displaced, according to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which oversees Palestinian refugee issues (“A forgotten population has now become a disappeared population,” said a spokesperson). “We urge the Syrian authorities to stop the attack on the refugee camp immediately,” said a spokesperson for Palestinian President Abbas.

The leaders of Hamas agreed, if by agreed you mean forcefully ended an anti-Assad protest that was being held in solidarity with the thousands of Latakia Palestinians. Hamas put the kibosh on the protest because organizers had not received a permit, and not at all because Hamas is headquartered in Damascus and sheltered by the regime there. Meanwhile, while the displaced Palestinians’ whereabouts are largely unknown—some hypothesize that they have in large part fled for Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city—other Sunni citizens of Latakia are being rounded up and sent to a sports stadium in town. And no soccer match has been planned.

Syrian Enclave of Palestinians Nearly Deserted After Assault [NYT]
Hamas Disperses Anti-Assad Protest in Gaza [Haaretz]
Analysis: Assad Puts Hamas in Corner Over Syrian Assault [Reuters/JPost]
Earlier: Reform Just a Watchword in This Administration

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Marc Tracy is annoyed that Hamas has offices in Damascus. The Likud has offices in the AIPAC building. There. They’re even.

Dani ben Leb says:

Doing the splits Palestinian National style. Didn’t they vote for Saddam not too long ago?
One thing the Pals sure have mastered in 70 years of headless action. Betting on the loser. Always.

Excuse me David but the issue is Hamas repression of protest against Syrian shelling and killing because Hamas is beholden to and allied with the Assad regime.

Michael says:

They needed a permit? I can’t imagine the process to get a permit for your anti-government protest.

When will the Palestinians ever learn that with a few more friends
like ARABS, the Palestinians won’t need any enemies. Sounds to me
like Israel is their last best hope. If the other Arabs were
interested in the Palestinians, they would have made them citizens
long ago. Seems to me, another middle-eastern country did just that
in 1948–Israel.

What I want to know is why you didnt feel to contain the other side of this problem? You will find so several things that youre missing here that I dont see how you could actually form an intelligent opinion on the subject. Its like you didnt even contemplate that there me be an additional side here. Im type of disappointed.


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The Birth of This Palestinian Refugee Problem

Hamas puts down protest following Syrian displacement of 10,000

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