Hundreds of Palestinians flee Syrian refugee camp after ISIS takeover

Shelling from inside of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, April 2015. (Photo: Jafra Foundation for Youth Development and Relief)

Hundreds of Palestinians fled their homes in the past 24 hours as the Islamic State terror group said that it was now in full control of the Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus.

A Syrian human rights group said that Islamic State was now in control of 90% of the camp, where 18,000 Palestinians have been living under siege from the Syrian army over the past two years…

…The PLO and Hamas said on Sunday that they were separately seeking ways to end the bloodshed in Yarmouk, which has been targeted by Islamic State since last Wednesday.

Reports from the camp said that Islamic State terrorists have executed several Palestinians, including senior Hamas operative Sheikh Abu Salah Taha.

Islamic State posted photos on Sunday of its fighters inside the camp. It also showed a photo of 13 men kneeling and facing a wall…

There is something very different about Arab societies. The Palestinians speak the same language as the Syrians; most of them are Sunni Muslims, again very much like Syria. Yet in all these decades they have not assimilated at all.

This is inconceivable in the West. People who are descendants of Europeans in the New World are completely mixed. No one is slightest bit interested in what part of Europe someone’s ancestors came from. And increasingly, there is even intermarriage with Far East Asians and other ethnicities, and Jews are marrying non-Jews.

I can only think it is due to the tribal/clan nature of the Arab world.

  • Everyone Else

    I think they were denied citizenship, passport and right to own property, so that their “refugee” situation could be used as a weapon against Israel.

    • winniec

      Palestinians are indistinguishable from Jordanians. The Palestinian flag is the Jordanian flag minus a star.

    • Frances

      They were indeed. After 1947, Israel accepted all the Jewish refugees from the surrounding countries, and integrated them fully into society. Palestinian refugees, on the other hand, were moved into camps and denied the rights you state. Some were able to get out, get an education, and emigrate; but the majority were left to fester. Further, some UN committee declared that future descendents of the original refugees were to be declared refugees also, a unique declaration and one that has not be any applied to any other refugee group.

  • OldFert

    When I hear “refugee camp” I picture in my mind rows of tents or temporary shanties put together for short-term shelter. What I see in news reports, however, are towns and cities with permanent structures (concrete & steel,etc.).

    So why are they called “camps?”

  • winniec

    Yes, it is tribalism in spite of all the crap about Islam being ‘universal’. The Arabs are horrible racists which new Muslims swiftly discover to their very great disappointment.

  • BillyHW

    Bwa-ha-ha. ISIS murdering “Palestinians”. I can’t stop laughing.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They do treat each other like garbage, but they always have.

  • The Arabs are tribal barbarians. We saw near Hebron “Palestinian refugee” camps, which was strange – that is supposed to be a territory of their state, so they should’ve been accommodated among the rest long time ago. Later I heard a Mordecai Kedar lecture explaining that the Arabs are so clannish and tribal that they won’t accept even their fellow “Palestinians” in the West Bank, if they are don’t belong to the right clan. (On the other hand, those camps looked looked impressive, with nice buildings, but as our guide explained, because of the better order in the area not all UNRWA money was being stolen by the local government).

  • luna

    Zuheir Mohsen was a Palestinian leader of the pro-Syria as-Sa’iqa faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) between 1971 and 1979. This originated in a March 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw:

    Between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese there are no differences. We are all part of ONE people, the Arab nation. Look, I have family members with Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian citizenship. We are ONE people. Just for political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity. Because it is of national interest for the Arabs to advocate the existence of Palestinians to balance Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new tool to continue the fight against Israel and for Arab unity.
    A separate Palestinian entity needs to fight for the national interest in the then remaining occupied territories. The Jordanian government cannot speak for Palestinians in Israel, Lebanon or Syria. Jordan is a state with specific borders. It cannot lay claim on – for instance – Haifa or Jaffa, while I AM entitled to Haifa, Jaffa, Jerusalem and Beersheba. Jordan can only speak for Jordanians and the Palestinians in Jordan. The Palestinian state would be entitled to represent all Palestinians in the Arab world en elsewhere. Once we have accomplished all of our rights in all of Palestine, we shouldn’t postpone the unification of Jordan and Palestine for one second.

  • Gary

    Please don’t tell me that Justin wants the 18,000 to come here.

  • Barrington Minge

    One lot of a-rabs fleeing another lot of a-rabs. Maybe not what MooHamHead had in mind back in the day.

  • Hard Little Machine