Elizabeth Tsurkov writes about the “glaring double-standard” when it comes to how people perceive Palestinian suffering, and asks us to think about what some people really mean when they say they are pro-Palestinian:
The silence surrounding the brutalization of an entire Palestinian population exposes something few have spoken about: that pro-Palestinian sentiment is often just anti-Israel or anti-American sentiment dressed up in disguise. And when it comes to Syria’s starving, dying Palestinian population, the pro-Palestine left is nowhere to be seen.
It’s a glaring double-standard: When Palestinians in Gaza endure Israeli airstrikes and a decade-long blockade, their suffering galvanizes mass protests in Western capitals. When Palestinians in Syria and Syrians are being bombed and starved, the anti-Imperialist Left either goes silent, or even worse, stands on the side of the oppressor.
“There are no ‘Pro-Palestine’ people. They don’t exist,” a Palestinian Syrian from Daraa, whose family was displaced from Haifa during the 1948 war, told me. “We Palestinians of Syria have been killed, tortured, bombed, and displaced by the Assad regime and we’ve had no support from the so-called ‘pro-Palestine activists’ whatsoever,” he said. “We happen to be the wrong Palestinians!”