Here is why the PA does not care about Palestinians killed in Syria
If Jews are in trouble anywhere in the world, Israel will do what it can to save them. The Entebbe rescue is only one such example. When Americans were trapped in the embassy in Iran and their lives were threatened, the USA made attempts to rescue them. The PA has no power to do anything militarily, but we do not see their diplomats shouting out in pain or banging on tables in the UN, begging the “protector of world peace” to pull no stops in rescuing the Palestinians dying in Syria or running for their lives.
— Nedal Alamari (@nedal_alamari) April 23, 2018
Yesterday (26 April 2018), renowned Israeli Arab writer, Khaled Abu Toameh, wrote a heartfelt piece on the atrocities committed against Palestinian refugees in Syria, describing a clear case of ethnic cleansing. He concluded with the claim that if Palestinians are not being killed by Jews they are of no interest to anyone, not the UN, not even their own leaders in the Palestinian Authority (PA):
For the past four weeks, the two rival Palestinian parties have been castigating Israel for its actions along its border with the Gaza Strip. They have also been calling on the international community to hold Israel accountable for its “crimes” against Palestinians.
But when it comes to atrocities being committed against their people in an Arab country, words apparently fail Palestinian leaders. Assad and his army can slaughter Palestinians and launch airstrikes on a Palestinian camp without a whimper of protest from Hamas or the Palestinian Authority. In fact, all one hears is the silence of the dead. [emphasis added]
He is not alone in decrying the lack of PA leadership concern for their fate. Farah Najjar, writing in Al Jazeera, calls what is happening an annihilation. He writes:
A journalist based in neighbouring Babbila, who identified himself only as Youssef, said people in the camp are puzzled as to why no one from the Palestinian leadership has spoken out about recent events affecting thousands of Palestinian refugees. [emphasis added]
While Maureen Clare Murphy of electronic intifada personalized the atrocities with stories and photos of individuals, it seems the point of her article was to serve as a vehicle by which to disparage the USA for cutting its budgetary contributions to UNRWA. In other words, doing what has always been done to those who are now called Palestinians — using them as pawns in a war against the Jews (and the USA, the Jewish state’s greatest ally).
And this brings us to my point:
“No Jews No News” is only part of the reason for the lack of concern shown by the PA leadership. The other reason is that there is really no such thing as a “Palestinian”. With all due respect to Abu Toameh, and I do have much respect for that man, he refers to the Arabs who lived in the British Mandate of Palestine as Palestinians; yet, they are not a people and so do not have a sense of peoplehood.
The only reason for artificially creating a so-called Palestinian Arab people was to exploit them in the war against the Jews who had the gall to proclaim themselves sovereign over land once ruled by Muslims. The world has been complicit in this since the beginning, when they declared that in order to be considered a Palestinian refugee, you only had to have lived in the region since 1946. That belies any claim that the so-called Palestinian Arabs are indigenous to the area.
The silence of the PA leadership regarding the tragic fate of their so-called Palestinian brethren in Syria is because they feel no brethren-ship. After all, as they say of themselves, they are from Egypt, Syria or Saudi Arabia. There is no such thing as a Palestinian.
Therefore, why should they care about what happens to unrelated people in another Arab country? Let the Egyptian leadership worry about the Palestinians who are really Egyptian; let the Saudi Arabian leadership worry about the Palestinians who are really Saudis. And the Palestinians who are really Syrian? Caught in their own civil war. Oh well.