The following is an excerpt from rt.com | May 4, 2018 |
Supporters of the armed insurgency in Syria have deployed the Western left's pro-Palestine discourse to justify overthrowing the Syrian government. This tactic has confused and fractured the Palestine solidarity movement.
The colonization of Palestine, unlike the war in Syria, is a straightforward issue. Palestinians were minding their own business when Jewish settlers, with the support of Western imperial powers, embarked on a colonial project that continues to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.
Those who support regime change in Syria often equate the Syrian army with the Israeli army and the rebels with Palestinians. But the Israeli army is a colonial occupier that is systematically stealing land from the indigenous population.
The Syrian army is indigenous and has been fighting an insurgency made up of Syrians and tens of thousands of foreign fighters from all over the world backed by many of Israel's allies. The left need not support the Syrian government or its methods, but it should certainly oppose the attempt of imperial powers to use reactionary forces to collapse the Syrian state, as the US and its regional allies tried to do.
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