Palestinian Factions Reconsider Relations with Assad

[The Arab Spring and the European Summer and other mass challenges to the global crisis of corrupt capitalist/imperialist relations continue to disrupt traditional arrangements.  In many countries, migrant and exiled peoples, who often live in the most desperate of circumstances, are encouraged by these outbreaks of mass resistance and opposition movements of the people where they now reside.  There is a magnetic pull for migrants to join these struggles, and to forge much greater and powerfully unified forces.  At the same time, there is organized opposition to such.  This article points to the old policy–“The PLO does not intervene in the internal politics of countries”–which is now being challenged in Syria, just as similar challenges are being made to “traditional conservative” leadership of the more politically-connected organizations of dispersed peoples of many origins in many lands. — Frontlines ed.]

By David E. Miller, in The Media Line

on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Syrian dictator has hosted both left and right wing Palestinian leadership in his capital

A fierce attack by the Syrians on a Palestinian refugee camp has led Palestinian factions, both Islamist and staunchly secular, to reexamine their traditionally close ties with Damascus.

Headquartered in the Syrian capital as the Bashar Al-Assad regime falters, Palestinians were cautious not to badmouth the Syrian president personally as they condemned Sunday’s naval bombardment of the Raml Palestinian refugee camp. Continue reading