The Islamic State assault on Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria

The Islamic State (ISIL) assault on Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, is a continuation of the barbarisms of the Assad regime against the camp–showing clearly how ISIL serves counterrevolution. But the assault on Yarmouk resonates & is of a historical & political piece with the 1948 expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland by Zionist terrorist groups like the Irgun & the Stern Gang; with the frequent massacres & Israeli bombings of the refugee camps; & with the barbarous cycles of Operation Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza.

There are now over 5 million Palestinians living in refugee camps scattered throughout Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon in 59 registered camps & many uncounted refugees in unofficial camps like Yarmouk. This is the price paid by Palestinians for the reactionary Zionist fantasy of a Biblical land grant to Palestine combined with imperialist intrigues to control the Middle East.

Yesterday was the 67th commemoration of the 1948 massacre of 600 Palestinian villagers in Deir Yassin by the Irgun & Stern Gang. Since then, there have been countless barbarisms against the camps under the guise of routing out Palestinian terrorist groups. In July we will be commemorating the last cycle of Operation Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza which began with Israeli carpet bombing & continues with massive homelessness, hunger, human suffering, & the continued blockade of Gaza.

Once again, the ISIL attack on Yarmouk to rout out Palestinian terrorists exposes who ISIL serves. Our solidarity requires explaining that connection, building the hell out of the economic & cultural boycott (BDS) of Israel, & demanding no aid of any kind to Israeli terrorism & ethnic cleansing.

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