Everyone is talking about how no one is talking about it. Syria – the country whispered about but not truly acted upon. The main question across the internet, the news, the people is “why?” Did the world forget about Syria, and if so, how?
Over the past week, I have noticed an increasing number of articles, blogs, video clips and general social media presence regarding the crisis in Syria. A recent New York Times article showed images from Syria in addition to other terrible situations from history to prove the point of the world’s lack of action today. Interestingly, this cannot fall to the blame of one country’s inaction or negligence, but rather both the western world and even the entire Arab world. An Al-Jazeera opinion piece published last week titled “The ‘Palestinisation’ of the Syrian people” went into detail about the lack of action taken worldwide to help the Syrian people. He summarized explaining that, “With good reason, the revolutionary thinker Yassin al-Haj Saleh wrote of the “Palestinisation” of the Syrian people. Sixty-eight years after failing to defend Palestine, Arab states have proved incapable of defending Syria from Russian, Iranian and ISIL occupation.” When the world constantly tries to forget Palestine, we work to join together to show solidarity and unification.
Where are the rallies for Syria?
“None of this stays in Syria. So how do the Arabs respond? Hamas organised a protest in Gaza, Kuwaitis demonstrated outside the Russian embassy, and Qatar cancelled its national day celebrations. It’s not nearly enough.” The Al-Jazeera author is right. It’s not nearly enough. Last Thursday, on December 15, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) organized a rally to bring together a few hundred people to listen to speakers about the crisis, show solidarity and work to find ways to better support the Syrian people. “Proponents called on the gathered supporters to offer whatever aid they can to the people of Syria and their struggle, including writing their elected representatives in Congress and donating money to relief organizations.” This should be happening in every major city across the US! It was so great to see AMP planning such a successful event, but we should all be encouraging, attending and even helping organize these kinds of activities.
In the UK, some moves to protest have been made as well:
NY Times article with pictures:
Al-Jazeera Opinion article:
Chicago AMP rally: