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We, the undersigned Palestinians, write to affirm our commitment to the amplification of Syrian voices as they endure slaughter and displacement at the hands of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. We are motivated by our deep belief that oppression, in all of its manifestations, should be the primary concern of anyone committed to our collective liberation. Our vision of liberation includes the emancipation of all oppressed peoples, regardless of whether or not their struggles fit neatly into outdated geopolitical frameworks.

by Joey Ayoub.

We are concerned by some of the discourse that has emerged from progressive circles with regards to the ongoing crisis in Syria. In particular, we are embarrassed by the ways in which some individuals known for their work on Palestine have failed to account for some crucial context in their analysis of Syria.

The Syrian revolution was in fact a natural response to 40 years of authoritarian rule. The Assad regime, with the support of its foreign financial and military backers, is attempting to preserve its power at the expense of the millions of Syrians whom the regime has exiled, imprisoned, and massacred. We believe that minimizing this context in any discussion of Syria dismisses the value of Syrian self-determination and undermines the legitimacy of their uprising.

We also believe that an important consequence of all foreign interventions, including those purportedly done on behalf of the uprising, has been the setback of the original demands of revolution. The revolution is a victim, not a product, of these interventions. It is imperative for any analysis of Syria to recognize this fundamental premise. We cannot erase the agency of Syrians struggling for liberation, no matter how many players are actively working against them.

Though we maintain that the phenomenon of foreign aid demands thorough critique, we are concerned by the ways in which foreign aid has been weaponized to cast suspicion on Syrian humanitarian efforts. Foreign aid is not unique to Syria; it is prevalent in Palestine as well. We reject the notion that just because an organization is receiving foreign aid, it must follow then that that organization is partaking in some shadowy Western-backed conspiracy. Such nonsense has the effect of both undermining humanitarian efforts while simultaneously whitewashing the very crimes against humanity that necessitated the aid in the first place.

Furthermore, we object to the casual adoption of “war on terror” language. Enemies of liberation have historically used this rhetoric to target humanitarians, organizers, and community members. From Muhammad Salah to the Midwest 23 to the Holy Land Five, our community is all too familiar with the very real consequence of employing a “war on terror” framework. Therefore, we reject a discourse that perpetuates these old tactics and peddles harmful and unwarranted suspicion against Syrians.

Along these lines, it is our position that any discussion of Syria that neglects the central role of Bashar Al-Assad and his regime in the destruction of Syria directly contradicts the principles of solidarity by which we abide. We have reflected on our own tendency to heroize those who advocate on behalf of the Palestinian struggle, and we fear that some members of our community may have prioritized the celebrity status of these individuals over the respect and support we owe to those Syrians affected most directly by the war, as well as those living in the diaspora whose voices have been dismissed as they have watched their homeland be destroyed.

We will no longer entertain individuals who fail to acknowledge the immediate concerns of besieged Syrians in their analysis. Despite reaching out to some of these individuals, they have shown an unwillingness to reflect on the impact of their analysis. We regret that we have no choice left but to cease working with these activists whom we once respected.

We would like to encourage others who are guided by similar principles to do the same.

 

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Important note: I am merely one of the signatories. Thank you to those who set this up.

Another Important note: there are pro-Assad trolls adding names to the petition to try and delegitimize it. From the looks of it, they either add prominent Palestinian intellectuals – like Ramzy Baroud, who was since removed – in the hope of provoking some backlash of the ‘how dare you add my name without my permission’ type or unpopular Syrian fighters like Zahran Allouch of Jaish Al Islam (who was killed a year ago). The goal is obviously to try and distract people from the statement’s content.

 

List as of 1:00 pm Ramallah time, October 15, 2016 (Check link above for latest updates)

 

Abdul-Wahab Kayyali

Abdullah M

Abed Abou Shhadeh

Abir Kopty

Adam Akkad

Adnan abd alrahman

Ahmad

Ahmad Al-Sholi

Ahmad Kaki

Ahmad N

Ahmed

Ahmed A

Aiman Abdelmajid

AJ N

Ala K

Ala’a Salem

Ali A. Omar

Ali Mohammad Kabli

Amal A.

Amal Ayesh

Amanda Batarseh

Amanda Michelle

Amanda N

Amani Alkowni

Ameen M

Ameen Q.

Amena Elmashni

Amera AK.

Amir Bey

Amira S

Amjad Hajyassin

Amr Khalifa

Anass

Andrew Kadi

Areej

Aref Nammari

Arwa Alkhawaja

Atef Khalaf

Aya Khalifeh

Aziz F Ammoura

Aziz Jamous

Bashar Subeh

Beesan Ramadan

Bilal Shreidi

Dalal Hillou

Dalia

Dalia

Dana Itayem

Dana M

Dania Barakat

Dania Mukahhal

Danielle Rabie

Dareen Mohamad

Dena E.

Diana J.A.

Diana Naoum

Dina A.

Dina Moumin

Dina Sayedahmed

Diyala Shihadih

Dorgham Abusalim

Dr. Isam Abu Qasmieh

Ebaa Rezeq

Eman Abdelhadi

Eyad Hamid

Eyad Mohamed Alkurabi

Fadi Amireh

Farah Saeed

Faran Kharal

Faris G

Faten Awwad

Fatima El-ghazali

Fouad Halbouni

George Abraham

GMU Students Against Israeli Apartheid

Gorbah Hamed

Grace Ghunaim

Hadeel Hejja

Haitham Omar

Haleemah A

Hana Khalil

Haneen Al-Ghabra

Haneen Amra

Hani Barghouthi

Hani Kharufeh

Hani Khatib

Hanin Shakrah

Hanna Alshaikh

Hareth Yousef

Hasan H.

Hashem Asfour

Hassan Aboud

Hatem Hammad

Hazem Jamjoum

Heba Nimr

Helal Jwayyed

Husam El-Qoulaq

Ibraheem Sumaira

Ibtihal Mahmood

Ida A.

Imran Salha

Iskandar Abbasi

Ism Mustaar

Iyad El-Baghdadi

Izzaddine M.

Jackie Husary

Jane Tannous

Janeen Obeid

Jannine M

Jehad Abusalim

Jenien B

Jennifer Mogannam

Jennine K

Jihad Ashkar

Joey Husseini Ayoub

Jomana Abdallah

Jumana Al-Qawasmi

Kareana Kee

Kareem El-Hosseiny

Kareem Samara

Karmel Sabri

Kefah Elabed

Khalid Hijazi

Kowther Qashou

Laith H

Lama Abu Odeh

Lamees Mekkaoui

Lana Barkawi

Lara Abu Ghannam

Lara Kollab

Layan Jaber

Layanne H.

Laymoor Saadat

Leena Aboutaleb

Leila Abdelrazaq

Lila Suboh

Lina Barkawi

Lina Eid

Linah Alsaafin

Lojain Saadat

Lojayn Ottman

Loubna Qutami

Lubna H

Lubna Morrar

Magda Magdy

Mahmoud Elsheikh

Mahmoud Khalil

Mahmoud Qudaih

Mai Anwar

Maisa Morrar

Majed A. of Jerusalem

Majed Abuzahriyeh

Manal Abokwidir

Manal El Haj

Manal H

Maram Kamal

Mariam Barghouti

Mariam Rimawi

Mariam Saleh

Marwa Fatafta

Maura Yasin

Maxine Anwaar

Mekarem E.

Menat Elattma

Minem Marouf

Mira Shihadeh

Mjriam Abu Samra

Mohamad Batrawi

Mohamad Sabbah

Mohamed hassan

Mohamed Taleb

Mohammad Abou-Ghazala

Mohammad Al-Ashqar

Mohammad Horreya

Mohammed Sulaiman

Mohsin S

Mona Bibi

Mona Naser

Muna Sharif

Muniba Hassan

Musaab Balchi

Nadeen Shaker

Nader Ihmoud

Nadia Z. Ismail

Nadia Ziadat

Nadine D

Nadine H

Naeem

Nawal Musleh

Nayef Al Smadi

Nida Khalil

Nidal Bitari

Nihal Q

Noor Gaith

Noor Qutami

Nour Azzouz

Nour Hamida

Nour Salman

Nusayba Hammad

Omar Coolaq

Omar Jamal

Omar Masood

Omar Zahzah

Osama Aburumuh

Osama Khawaja

Osama Mor

Raed Khartabel

Raef zreik

Rami Okasha

Ramsey K

Ramzi I

Rana Asad

Randa MKW

Rani Allan

Rania Salem

Rasha A.

Rawan A.

Rawan Eewshah

Rawya Makboul

Reem J

Reem S

Reema Asia

Rena Zuabi

Renad Saadat

Riad Alarian

Riya Al-sanah

Ryah A

Sabreen Ettaher

Saeed U

Salim Salamah

Samar Azzaidani

Samar Batrawi

Sameeha Elwan

Sami J.

Sami Mubarak

Sami Shahin

Samia S.

Samir Hazboun

Samya Abu-Orf

Sandra Tamari

Sara Zubi

Sarah Abu.

Sarah Ali

Sarah Aly

Sarah Ghouleh

Sarah Shahin

Sarah Z

Sarona Bedwan

Seham Alyan

Serena Umer Khan

Shadi H

Shady Zarka

Shafeka Hashash

Shahrazad Odeh

Shermin Ahmed

Shifa Alkhatib

Shirien D

Sima Dajani

SOAS Palestine Society

Soheir Asaad

Sonia Farsakh

Susan Al-Suqi

Susan Jenin Yaseen

Susie Abdelghafar

Tahani H.

Taher Herzallah

Tala Barakat

Talal Alyan

Tamar Ghabin

Tarek Abou-Ghazala

Tareq R

Tariq Luthun

Tasneem Abu-Hejleh

Tawfieq Mousa

Tawfiq Kayyali

Tsedenya Bizani

Wajih Abousalim

Wala Salameh

Wassim Kanaan

Yahiya Saad

Yahya Abou-Ghazala

Yahya Abu Seido

Yamila shannan

Yasir M. Tineh

Yasmeen S

yasmeensh

Yasmine Nammari

Yasser Quzz

Yazan Amro

Yazan Meqbil

Yousef Y

Yousuf Soliman

Zachariah Barghouti

Zaid Khatib

Zaid Muhammad

Zainab Alkowni

Zein Rimawi

Zeina A.

Zeina Labadi

Zeyad El Omari

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