Why are Palestinians of Yarmouk ignored compared to those in Gaza?

The discovery by Iraqi forensic teams “of mass graves believed to contain some of the soldiers killed by Islamic State (IS) militants last year” (Irish Examiner, 7 April), is, I fear, merely the first in a cycle of IS atrocities as it retreats.

Why are Palestinians of Yarmouk ignored compared to those in Gaza?

The slaughter of Iraqi soldiers will be reinforced by the deepening humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, which has, since the start of the Syrian civil war, been caught in the vicious battle between the government forces of Bashar al-Assad and the revolutionaries of the Free Syria Army.

This threatens the existence of the Palestinian community. The jihadists of Isil are attempting to obliterate the social, religious and cultural fabric of the residents, by forcing, on pain of death, Islamic Sharia on them. The community has remained resolutely Palestinian through the generations by consistently pledging allegiance to Fatah, Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

However, despite this loyalty to the representative organisations of their cousins in Gaza and the West Bank, their plight has been ignored by the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). Could this silence be because the threat comes from Isil jihadists, rather than Israel, which, despite constant conflict with Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, has never interfered with the religious or cultural practices of the residents? Perhaps not, but the plight of the Palestinian residents of Yarmouk does not excite the same outrage as those in Gaza and the West Bank.

Dr. Kevin McCarthy,


Co Cork

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