So apparently, the Palestinian refugees in Syria are overwhelmingly anti-regime. I have actually been hearing this from quite a few pro-regime friends. Here are excerpts from the AP report:
“On July 11, the bodies of 15 soldiers from the Palestinian Liberation Army, a branch of the Syrian armed forces, were found outside of Aleppo, the country’s largest city. There were conflicting accusations about who killed the soldiers, but many Palestinians blamed Assad’s regime.”
This is an outright lie by the way, AFP reported PLA chief of staff Major General Mohammad Tareq al-Khadraa as telling SANA: “The fact that the armed terrorist groups kidnapped and killed 17 troops from the Palestinian Liberation Army in Syria proves the criminal, dirty role that these groups play and their links to Western and Zionist agendas.”
The AP article later acknowledges:
“While not citizens, Palestinians in Syria have greater rights than their brethren in other Arab countries. They can hold government jobs, attend state universities for free and serve in the military. Assad’s regime has long billed itself as a champion of the Palestinian cause.
Ironically, Palestinian activists say it was their integration into Syrian society - facilitated by Assad’s regime - that pushed them into the uprising.
“We have never felt that there was a big difference between the Palestinians and the Syrians,” said Abu Omar, the Yarmouk activist. He is 22, has spent his whole life in Syria and was getting a free university education when the uprising broke out. He dismissed the idea that Assad’s regime has been a leader in the Palestinian struggle, pointing out that Syria’s border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights has been largely quiet since 1974. In fact, he said he hoped a regime change would help the Palestinians achieve their ultimate goal: the return to their ancestral villages in what is now Israel. “We have to work together with the free people to liberate Syria, then we’ll go to the Golan and liberate Palestine,” he said. “We’ll work hand in hand.”
Many Third Wayers and oppositionists will use articles like this to argue that because the Palestinians view the Syrian government as being a liability rather than a requirement for the liberation of Palestine, First Wayers and mumana’ists must respect their views and withdraw support from such a regime This is ideological nonsense of course because the Palestinian people are just as susceptible as all other Arabs are to intellectual imperialism and sectarian agitation. By that same line of reasoning, we should give up on the Palestinian cause and recognize Israel’s existence, as well as tolerate the strategic threat it poses to neighbouring Arab states, should the majority of Palestinians ever decide that in the future.