The destruction of Palestinian intellectual, political and cultural heritage in Syria has accumulated for over four years in Yarmouk,Syria’s largest Palestinian refugee camp. Once home to around 150,000
Palestinians, Yarmouk was largely evacuated save an estimated 20,000 Palestinians that remain trapped in the camp till today Yarmouk has been under siege for over three years by the Syrian government. The brutal siege has reduced the once thriving refugee camp into a desperate prison. Additionally, Jabhat al Nusra has harassed large sections of the refugee camp that it controls On April 1, 2015, ISIS entered the refugee camp through Hajr il Aswad with either complicity or tacit acceptance from Jabhat al Nusra. ISIS embarked on a largely successful offensive before being forced to retreat by Palestinian oppositional forces in the camp. The following day, ISIS engaged in a second offensive in which they seem to have largely succeeded in taking over the majority of the refugee camp
As Palestinians, we want to highlight the failures of those who have failed to prevent and address the long-standing calamities in Yarmouk that have resulted in this most recent calamity.
The Palestinian Authority, Palestinian factions and other Palestinian political entities for their failure to intervene in the slaughter of their people in Syria.
UNRWA and other international entities for their failure to intervene or aid those most strongly affected in any meaningful way.
The Syrian government for its failure to protect the Palestinians of Syria and for being the primary culprit behind the brutal siege of Yarmouk
We ask the international community to increase humanitarian aid to the Palestinian of Syria during this latest tragedy that has visited Yarmouk
We also implore all Palestinians, in Palestine and the diaspora, and all Palestinian political entities to stand by their Palestinian brothers and sisters in Syria and work towards prevent another massacre of our people.