Monday, September 2, 2013

Palestinians on Syria

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

What do the Palestinians think about the Syrian crisis and about a US strike?

Fatah, the main umbrella group of the PLO, called a meeting in of their affiliates to discuss the matter. The meeting was held in Ramallah. At the meeting Fatah made a formal statement that rejected any military intervention in Syria and stating that they, Fatah, stood for a diplomatic settlement.

Until this meeting Fatah had not taken sides with either Assad or with the rebels.

Hamas is more complicated. Hamas military leadership sided against Assad from the start of the uprising and they have been exiled from Syria. They continue to side with the rebels. But now one component of Hamas political leadership has stated that they, too, want a diplomatic resolution and that they, too, reject any outside military intervention.

The Palestinians are divided when it comes to Syria. There are serious divisions within Hamas as to how to handle Syria and the PLO does not want to take a stand.

The Palestinians are united, however, when it comes to spouting rhetoric that says Israel will gain from the conflict and that Israel is behind attempts to strike Syria. 

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