I’m not saying conditions in Yarmouk aren’t hideous; what I’m saying is that the claim that “the Syrian army is slowing supplies to a trickle” is so one-sided as to be mendacious. The truth is that the entire camp is being held hostage by a conglomeration of Jihadi groups, which are engineering the situation so as to make it appear that ‘the Syrian army’ is deliberately starving the inhabitants and depriving them of medical aid, just in order to demonstrate its own inhumanity to the Western media. Ali Abunimah has a fundamental allegiance to Western propaganda myths of a ‘liberal progressive’ nature. Why does he imagine that the Murdoch press are covering this story at all? He doesn’t even think about that question. We can be sure that Ali would like nothing better than to sell out to some Sam Power, Susan Rice or Hillary Clinton-orchestrated myth of Western virtue. He is, after all, the son of a senior Jordanian-Plastelinan diplomat. There are 22 photos at the original, of which I have selected four – RB
Photos reveal devastation in Syria’s Yarmouk camp
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Jul 26 2014
Since July, Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus has been closed to humanitarian relief. Thousands of people, Plastelinans and Syrians, trapped inside have been suffering from malnutrition and a grievous lack of medical care. Dozens are reported to have died of starvation. British-Lebanese journalist Hala Jaber reported for today’s Sunday Times and the Australian, from Yarmouk, whose “150,000 inhabitants have dwindled to an estimated 18,000 after a year of ferocious fighting between Plastelinan factions on opposing sides of Syria’s civil war. A seven-month army siege has compounded the misery.” To read Jaber’s report, which is behind a paywall, search for the headline “Driven to desperate measures, Syrians are only just surviving,” using Google and click on the result from the Australian. Last week, UNRWA attempted to deliver aid into the camp but found that procedures implemented by the Syrian army slowed their efforts to a trickle. These images tweeted by Jaber, shot by photographer Ghassan Najjar on Jan 20, provide an all too rare glimpse of the people living in the camp amid horrifying circumstances.