MK Tibi: Arab World Letting Yarmouk Siege Happen

Calling ISIS siege 'a crime against humanity,' MK Ahmed Tibi accuses international community of ignoring and even perpetuating violence.

Cynthia Blank,

Ahmed Tibi
Ahmed Tibi
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MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint Arab List) harshly condemned the Arab world on Monday for allowing the Islamic State takeover of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. 

Calling ISIS's onslaught a "crime against humanity," Tibi asserted that the international community, and Arab countries in particular, are responsible for the ghastly violence, which includes the beheading of Palestinians

"I feel anger and great sadness about what is happening in what is left of the camp. There is a moral double standard. If other people were the victims, not Palestinians it would be different," Tibi accused. 

ISIS seized the camp last week and has since slaughtered over 1,000 Palestinians. Prior to the terrorist takeover, the camp was under siege by the Syrian regime for two years. Once home to over 100,000 residents, barely 18,000 remain. 

Tibi, who has visited the camp, said Yarmouk is "between a rock and a hard place after two years under siege by the [Syrian] government and now ISIS is in there committing horrific crimes."

"ISIS is a fascist movement that is now publishing photos of heads it chopped off, including a photo of the Imam of the mosque, a Hamas supporter, and claiming he is an apostate," the MK continued, likely referring to reports Sunday that senior Hamas figure Sheikh Abu Salah Taha had been butchered by ISIS.

Yarmouk is "another case where the refugees who suffered in the Nakba of 1948 are now suffering again," Tibi argued, utilizing the Arabic term "catastrophe" used by Palestinians to refer to Israel's establishment. 

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, called on all involved parties on Sunday not to drag Palestinians into the Syria conflict. 




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