maandag 6 juni 2011

Niet op het NOS Journaal: Assad misbruikt Palestijnen als afleiding

 
Uiteraard vermeldde Sander van Hoorn dit in het NOS journaal niet. Daar was Israel als vanouds de boeman, dat immers zomaar op vreedzame demonstranten schiet.
 
Off the record, many residents said they believe the Syrian regime was behind the border protest, as it had been last month on "Nakba Day." It's no secret that one can't get anywhere near the border fence without Syrian army permission.
Several locals said Syrian President Bashar Assad was cynically exploiting the Palestinian cause to divert attention locally and globally from his deadly crackdown on a now 11-week-old uprising.
When the conversation turns to the Syrian leader, Fakhereddin again became evasive. "I'm against Assad," he said, before qualifying himself. "I'm not against Assad, but against the destruction he's causing. He's killing people who are trying to achieve their rights."
On one point, Fakhereddin is crystal clear. "I'm against Assad using Palestinians. If he sent them to do this I'm completely against it. I'm in favor of their rights, but I'm against using them as jokers in a card game."
 
Vreemd dat Sander van Hoorn dit niet heeft vernomen, en niet meldt dat in Syrië erg weinig mogelijk is zonder toestemming of steun van de regering. Ook het volgende ontging onze staats tv:
 
Between 200 and 300 demonstrators gathered in Kuneitra, and climbed on the roof of an abandoned cinema, from where they began throwing rocks at Israeli security personnel.
Four land mines exploded on the Syrian side of the border, after the rioters threw gasoline bombs, which exploded in a field, starting a fire that then set off the mines.
The IDF did not know how many infiltrators were hurt by the explosions.
Throughout the pitched battles, paramedics on the Syrian side of the border asked that the IDF grant them cease-fires to clear the wounded. The army agreed to the request, but then saw activists exploiting the quiet to try and cut the border fence, bringing the truce to an end.
"The IDF has learned its lessons [from Nakba Day] quickly," said IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai. "This is an army that investigates itself and learns. We can see this [today]."
 
The Reform Syria opposition website said on Sunday that the "Naksa" protesters were poor farmers who were paid $1,000 by the Syrian regime to come to the border. The source also claimed that Syria has promised $10,000 to the families of anyone killed.
Throughout the disturbances, two armed men were seen near the border fence in Kuneitra, though their identity was not established.
 
Zo vreedzaam waren die demonstranten dus niet.
 
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Druse express anger at Assad for exploiting Palestinians
  
 

Majdal Shams locals encourage border breach, but several say Assad trying to divert attention locally, globally from deadly Syrian crackdown.

Hundreds of Majdal Shams residents gathered on Sunday in the Golan Heights village to take in the cross-border cat-and-mouse game between Palestinian-Syrian protesters and IDF troops.

Gawkers gathered on their balconies, on neighbors' rooftops and in half-finished multi-story homes to watch the confrontation unfold at the famed Shouting Hill on the Syrian border.

Like sideline cheerleaders, they yelled words of encouragement across the border fence, occasionally muttering "Allah Akbar" when a wave of marchers charged the barbed-wire fence. Young children waved Syrian and Palestinian flags.

In Majdal Shams, the vaunted "Arab Street" is difficult to gauge. One person says black, another says white, each with compelling conviction and each swearing his is the majority opinion.

"Everyone here supports what happened today," said Tahrir Fakhereddin, a 30-year-old television cameraman and a member of one of the village's most prominent families. "Maybe some people are sad to see bloodshed, but everyone supports the border breach."

"Nobody here supports this – at least not the majority," said another resident, requesting anonymity. "If they're trying to get back into Palestine, what are they doing here? This is Syria."

The Druse of Majdal Shams don't often speak with a single voice, but when threatened they instinctively close ranks. At one point on Sunday evening, several onlookers (some said they were goaded by the Syrian protesters) hurled stones from a rooftop at soldiers arrayed at the fence.

The troops responded with tear gas, which wafted toward the assembled spectatorsabove, including a Druse religious sheikh. Cries rang out – "the sheikh!" – and residents from across the village streamed out of their homes to Shouting Hill.

A tense standoff ensued, with riot police emerging seemingly out of nowhere to urge restraint. Calm seemed to be restored, at least temporarily.

Off the record, many residents said they believe the Syrian regime was behind the border protest, as it had been last month on "Nakba Day." It's no secret that one can't get anywhere near the border fence without Syrian army permission.

Several locals said Syrian President Bashar Assad was cynically exploiting the Palestinian cause to divert attention locally and globally from his deadly crackdown on a now 11-week-old uprising.

When the conversation turns to the Syrian leader, Fakhereddin again became evasive. "I'm against Assad," he said, before qualifying himself. "I'm not against Assad, but against the destruction he's causing. He's killing people who are trying to achieve their rights."

On one point, Fakhereddin is crystal clear. "I'm against Assad using Palestinians. If he sent them to do this I'm completely against it. I'm in favor of their rights, but I'm against using them as jokers in a card game."

 

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