3,626 Palestinian refugees were killed and a further 1,644 were detained since 2011, according to Action Group for Palestinians in Syria, a London-based human rights watchdog that monitors the situation of Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria.
1,148 Palestinians were killed in airstrikes and 957 died due to in-fighting between Assad’s forces and opposition groups. 308 died from sniper shots and 201 died of starvation or lack of medical attention during the siege of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus.
475 Palestinians were tortured to death in prison, including 35 women who were reportedly subjected to electric shocks, beaten with iron sticks and raped.
The Action Group’s documented statistics indicate that there are currently 106 females Palestinian detainees in Syrian regime’s prisons.
Additionally, 1,644 Palestinian refugees were arrested and their whereabouts are unknown.
A sweep of Canadian social media didn’t yield a single condemnation from any so-called “pro-Palestinian” groups.
Where is the outcry from Independent Jewish Voices, Students for Justice in Palestine, Students Against Israeli Apartheid and the like? They are all missing in action.
Students for Justice in Palestine – UTS are busy condemning Israeli “Apartheid”. Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson) are busy condemning Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Independent Jewish Voices are busy condemning Israel for detaining a Palestinian agitator who was filmed assaulting an IDF soldier. Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York are busy celebrating New Zealand pop artist’s cancellation of performance in Israel. The ironically named Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East are busy urging Canadians to boycott products made in Israel “until it respects international law”.
When Israel defends itself against genocidal rocket-lobbing Hamas terrorists in Gaza, knife-wielding terrorists from Ramallah and suicide bombers from Jenin, the self-styled defenders of Palestinian rights spring into action, whipping themselves into frenzy during angry protests in front of Israeli consulates and calling for a global boycott of Israeli-made orthopaedic shoes and hummus.
Yet these very same activists are nowhere to be found if Israel is not involved. Suddenly, their hypocritical and selective “anguish” over the Palestinian plight evaporates and the only thing you hear is the sound of crickets.