From the Australia/Israel &; Jewish Affairs Council, 9 Nov 2012, by Sharyn Mittelman:
President Bashar al-Assad once painted himself and his father as the champion
of the Palestinian cause. But now the situation appears to have changed, as
Assad's army reportedly fired on the
Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk killing 20 on November 4, raided Hamas
offices and there are fears of mass
Palestinian deportations from Syria.
Over 400 Palestinians
have been killed in the Syrian civil war, with little to no coverage by the
...media. The self-proclaimed Palestinian advocates have also been
On November 7, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas phoned the UN
envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and asked him to urgently intervene on behalf of
Palestinian refugees living in the camps, the official
Despite Abbas' plea and reports that over news
agency reported.32,000 people have
been killed in the Syrian conflict, one does not hear calls for boycotts. And
where are the mass demonstrations?
...The conflict has also divided Palestinian
loyalties with many Sunni Palestinians supporting their fellow Sunnis in the
opposition and others backing Assad ....
...Attacks on Palestinian refugee camps in Syria should cause outrage across the
world. But it seems the only time that Palestinian grievances receive
significant attention by the media and Palestinian advocates is when the focus
is on condemning Israel.
Meanwhile, the death toll in Syria continues to rise, and the world, for the
most part, continues to turn a blind eye.