In this piece in Ha’aretz earlier this week I read about Druze residents of Majdal Shams, a doctor in an Israeli hospital among them, who were arrested for allegedly throwing stones during the recent protests along the border with Syria: [Emphasis mine.]
A medical resident from the Druze town of Majdal Shams on the Israel-Syria border was charged Thursday with aggravated assault for attacking a public servant and disorderly conduct as part of his involvement in the Naksa Day events last week.
Of course, the absurd thing about this, based on all sorts of international rigamarole the Syrians were really just letting the demonstrators frolic from Syrian hillside to Syrian hillside. The Israeli soldiers, as occupying force, were the ones shooting the civilians based on #arbitrary #ceasefirelines in what is internationally recognized as occupied territory inhabited by Syrian nationals. I know, I know, tourist revenue and all that…
Both. Syria’s fear barrier is much higher and stronger than the one that was broken in Egypt on January 25th. And, by all accounts, Syrians have more to be afraid of.
The army is firmly in the pocket of President Bashar Al Assad (though there have
been reports of defectors) and has been cracking down brutally on civilian protests over the last few months. And, looming always in the minds of Syrians and many around the world are the memories of the 1982 Massacre in Hama, when the current president’s father leveled the entire city, killing around 40,000 Syrians. Continue reading
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