Is Zionism Truly Anti-Nazism?
In its rabid efforts to demonize Israel’s Palestinian victims, the Zionist propaganda machine, known as Hasbara, repeatedly cites a famous meeting between Palestinian national leader Hajj Amin Husseini, and German Führer Adolph Hitler in 1941, as an “indicting evidence” proving Palestinian collaboration with the Nazis. In fact, Zionist propagandists weaved and continue to weave all sorts of farfetched tales concerning that inconsequential meeting.
In fact, the Zionist machine of mendacity would go as far as claiming that the Palestinians bear a major share of responsibility for the Holocaust as a result of that meeting.
The real truth, however, is that such nefarious lies, though perfectly characteristic of the classical Zionist discourse, are knowingly used to mitigate the brutal ugliness of the ongoing Zionist holocaust against the Palestinian people.
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In fact, the vast majority of Palestinians in the 1930s and early 1940s, probably knew next to nothing about Germany. Palestine then was under the harsh British occupation, known as the mandate, whose ultimate goal was to prepare the country for the establishment of the malignant racist entity known as Israel.
Very few Palestinians visited Germany during that period, and, similarly, very few Germans visited Palestine, probably with the exception of a small number of orientalists, anthropologists, archaeologists and missionaries.
Hence, the claim that the Palestinians who were languishing under an British military occupation did have particularly friendly ties with the Germans can’t withstand academic scrutiny for two minutes.
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Yes, most Palestinians hated their British occupiers who were actually devising one of the greatest crimes against humanity of all times against a simple, pastoral and unsophisticated peasant community.
We hated our British tormentors…and we still do
I don’t deny the possibility that many Palestinian nationalists of that time might have wished victory for Germany and defeat for the British. Such feelings are quite normal and natural, to say the very least. But to interpret the Palestinian anti-British feelings as support for the Holocaust would be tantamount to fornicating with the truth and historical facts.
Besides, the Zionist movement then, as now, had a big clout on British policy makers. Hence it was quite logical and expedient for Palestinian leaders of that time to seek support for their just cause from Britain’s main foe, namely Germany. This didn’t mean at all that the Palestinians backed or identified Germany’s racist Nazi ideology or, indeed, its purported plans to exterminate.
Zionism had good chemistry with the Nazis prior to the Holocaust
There is a preponderance of crucial data pertaining to Zionist collaboration and cooperation
With the Nazi leadership, although the Nazi anti-Semitism policy had been well-known since 1933. Yet the Zionists, either directly or otherwise, maintained an extensive though secret contacts with the Nazi authorities, though the Zionist aim beyond these contacts was mainly to expedite the Zionist scheme in Palestine, rather than save or free Jews from the genocidal clutches of German anti-Semitism.
In the context of these contacts between Zionists and the Nazi authorities, the Nazis showed a certain willingness to allow hundreds of thousands of Jews to emigrate to the U.S. and other countries in return for certain tactical concessions from the allied countries. This meant that hundreds of thousands of Jews could have been spared gas ovens and concentration camps had the German demands been met. But the Zionist movement, which exerted disproportionate influence on American and British leaders, especially in relation to Jewish issues, adamantly refused the German overtures, with some Zionist leaders arguing that 50,000 Jews going to Palestine were preferred to a million Jews allowed to emigrate to North America.
Jewish soldiers serving in German armies
According to some Jewish historians, thousands of Jewish soldiers served in the German armed forces, including the Wehrmacht, SS and the Gestapo. The Judenrate (Jewish councils) were administered at the low and medium levels buy Jewish officers. The late Israeli historian, Israel Shahak, pointed out that Jewish families in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe feared Jewish soldiers manning Nazi-roadblocks more than they did German or other soldiers. The Jewish soldiers were especially harsh and brutal to their co-religionists, probably to impress their German superiors.
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Modern Zionist propagandists, even historians, strive to avoid or evade such embarrassing chapters of that era. They flatly deny that thousands of Jewish soldiers served in the Nazi armed forces, claiming that these soldiers were only partly Jewish and that most of them had Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. In short, they employ the Same twisted arguments in dismissing this phenomenon as some ardent Zionists do in denying the presumed non-Semitic Origin of the bulk of Ashkenazi Jews.
I am speaking about prevarication, decontextualizing event, making sweeping generalizations out of rare or isolated events as well as indulging in sheer lies, while hurling the ant-Semitic scare-bomb at those disagreeing with the Zionist narrative, even if these people happened to be Jewish or even Holocaust survivors such Shahak and Zeev Sternhell.
Stalin’s Jewish aides
Although, Adolph Hitler is widely viewed as the most evil mass murderer in the history of mankind, it is probably safe to argue that Joseph Stalin was more nefarious a murder, given the huge number of his direct and indirect victims.
According to some estimates, Stalin was directly or indirectly responsible for the death of 6 million to 20 million people during his prolonged rule.
The huge number of victims occurred as a result of unrelenting political executions or indirectly as a result of Stalin’s policies such as the Gulags and other induced famines, collective deportations, and his sustained campaign of purges which lasted more than two decades.
Some of Stalin’s most diabolic crimes included the attempted physical liquidation of entire social classes, induced famines which caused the death of millions, the Gulags and the deportation of the Crimea Tatars and other ethnic peoples The Soviet authorities used cattle trains to deport these mostly Muslim peoples, mainly children, women and the elderly to Uzbek SSR and other remote destinations. Thousands died during the deportation journey while tens of thousands perished later due to the harsh exile.
Most Western historians evade or ignore the fact that many of these gigantic crimes were supervised and carried out by Stalin’s Jewish aides who directly reported to Stalin.
I know that very few people would venture to sale in these “uncharted waters” for fear of being accused of hostility to Jews.
None the less, Zionist Jews must realize that they are not exactly history’s angelic victims and that they do have much to be ashamed of.
Good chemistry between Israeli and fascist governments
Today, Israel, which claims to follow a principled policy against fascism and racism anywhere in the world, is maintaining close, even cordial working relations with fascist regimes and groups around the world.
Israel is maintaining close ties, bordering on actual alliance, with the BJP regime in India. Needless to say, this regime is deeply racist, scandalously Islamophobic and hopelessly fascist. It is a regime that upholds the racist mantra that “to be a true Indian, you must be a true Hindu and thoroughly anti-Islamic.” This mantra is an identical copy of the racist Israeli Nationalism Law which states that ” in order to be a complete citizen of the state of Israel, one must be Jewish.” It is also worth mentioning, that the Israeli domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, has advised the Indian security apparatus to adopt some of the most vengeful measures used against Palestinians, and use these tactics against Indian Muslims. This includes the widely condemned practice of home demolition, which is already being used in some Indian states like Ultra-Pradesh.
In Europe, Israel has good ties with the new fascist regime in Italy, which has assured Zionist circles that Italian fascism would target Muslims, not Jews. Israel also has excellent ties with the quasi-fascist regime of Hungary.
Moreover, Israel has also had and continues to have warm relations with anti-Islam movements in Britain, Germany, France, Sweden and Netherland. These racist movements are disguised as anti-immigrant movements although Islam and Muslims are their ultimate target. A few years ago, Dutch far-right anti-Islam politician Geert wilders was invited to Israel where he was warmly welcomed by the Israel government. Wilders eventually converted to Islam to the chagrin of his former Zionist friends. His conversion to the religion he had hated most stunned Islamophobic and Zionist circles in Europe and Israel.
And in America, Israel has had cordial ties with Evangelical Zionists who support, soul and heart, Israel’s repression of the Palestinians, although some Zionist Jews don’t hesitate to call Jesus Christ “the Hitler of Bethlehem.”
The same thing can be said about every fascist leader under the sun, who is usually courted by Israel and encouraged to pursue his or her anti-Islam discourse.
So, the next time you hear or watch a Zionist spokesperson accuse the Palestinians of collaborating with the Nazis, you should immediately realize that you are encountering a sly liar. In the final analysis, Israel itself is now considered one of the world’s main hotbeds of fascism, especially after recent elections which brought to the fore Nazi-like parties which consider non-Jews lesser or infra human beings. Don’t be bamboozled by their lies. Such values as truth, honesty and justice don’t exist in the unholy Bible of Zionism
Huwara rampage: a prova for a possible Israeli Holocaust.
On 26 February, hundreds of heavily armed Jewish settlers protected by the Israeli army, rampaged through the Palestinian village of Huwara, just south of the northern West Bank town of Nablus, ransacking and torching homes and property and killing at least one local resident. According to the Palestinian health ministry, hundreds of people were injured, with many sustaining serious and crippling wounds that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. The rampage in Huwara has been described as the most violent since Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967.
According to various sources, the settlers had received definitive instructions from government officials telling them “to teach the Palestinians a lesson they wouldn’t forget.”
The settlers, affiliated with the religious Zionist movement, are indoctrinated in a Nazi-like Talmudic ideology which considers the targeting of innocent noncombatants such as children, women and the elderly as perfectly legitimate during the time of conflict.
The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has accused the Israeli government, the most racist and fascist ever, of backing a rampage in Huwara. Israeli Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich was quoted as saying that Huwara needs to be “wiped out and razed to the ground” and that the state of Israel should do it.
Israeli Prime Minister told foreign journalists that Smotrich couldn’t use PR-friendly language to communicate his message, prompting one Israeli journalist to remark that “Netanyahu seemed to be acting as PR officer for Smotrich.”
When this and other writers employed Nazi epithets to describe current Israeli policies and behaviours in the Occupied Palestinian territories, some people, especially Western intellectuals, thought we were exaggerating the level of Israel’s genocidal Jewish barbarianism.
However an honest look at the perpetrators of the Huwara rampage reveals that these people are far from being a small or marginal extremist group, not representing the mainstream Israeli Jewish society.
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In fact, these are the very people who rule Israel today. They are the people of the government. They represent the crème de le crème of the Zionist religious movement in Israel.
Hence, we are not talking here about some wild weed growing uncontrollably in the midst of an otherwise sane society or anything of this sort.
Our erstwhile critics who didn’t like the use of strong epithets to describe Israel, mainly for psychological reasons, would probably pay more attention to the purported half-full glass rather than the half-empty one.
But in all honesty, there is simply no half-full glass in Israel today. Some naïve observers here and there might still think that the international community wouldn’t allow Israel to cross the Rubicon.
Unfortunately, It has now been proven that neither Israel could be given the benefit of the doubt nor could the so-called international community be entrusted to prevent or even restrain the increasingly brazenly Nazi entity from doing the unthinkable, namely launching a partial or full genocide against the unprotected Palestinians.
Indeed, the feeble American and European reactions to the Jewish rampage at the village of Huwara proved that the US can not be relied upon to rein in or restrain Jewish Nazism in Palestine.
The US, after all, is the very country that enabled Israel to be what it is and reach this evil level of barbarianism and arrogance of power by funding, defending and constantly optimizing Israeli Nazism.
Hence, relying on Washington to rein in genocidal Israel is merely a futile exercise in naivety, day-dreaming and wishful thinking.
Besides, All that America can offer to force Israel to behave doesn’t really go beyond futile gentle preaching stressing the need to exercise self-restraint and not indulge in incitement and extremism.
But Israel is not restrained by gentle preaching and polite rebuking or even harsh verbal chastisement. Such a toothless discourse will have no effect whatsoever on a shameless violator of international law, but could actually further embolden the Zionist entity even further.
What Israel needs is a thorough de-Nazification which would convince the racist supremacists in occupied Palestine that the recurrent rampages and genocidal savagery against the Palestinian people would have serious consequences on the Israel state.
Huwara rampage : Prova for a real Holucaust?
As someone who is quite familiar with the religious Zionist mindset, I can safely argue that the rampage at Huwara, which represents the cumulative outcome of years of toxic incitement by the Talmudic schools, such as the Merkaz Ha-Rav in West Jerusalem (the CNS of religious Zionism in Israel) is just a mere prova for something to come that is much more ominous, much more and much more genocidal.
Indeed, if these genocidal thugs and killer beasts could do this shamelessly in front of TV cameras from all over the world, just imagine how they would behave and what they would do to their helpless victims if the area were to be declared a close military Zone and all journalists and cameramen were ordered to leave.
I am saying this because I am completely convinced that the concept of genocide is absolutely and completely compatible with the religious teaching and ideological indoctrination of these people who apparently were spoon-fed this poison since their kindergarten days.
As a journalist who has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially the settler phenomenon, ever since I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1981, I can honestly argue with all honesty and rectitude, that these people represent the Nazis of our time.
I am not eager to put any people down, and I’m absolutely and totally against all forms of anti-Semitism.
But we must call the spade a spade, irrespective of whether we see the proverbial implement in the hands of Da’esh killers, Jewish settlers in Huwara or Vagner mercenaries in Ukraine. If we don’t wake up, if the world doesn’t wake up now, especially after what we saw in Huwara, when will we wake up?
The Huwara rampage is more than just writing on the wall. It is more than a dark cloud hanging over the West Bank. The rampage in Huwarra is actually the penultimate step, the sound alarm coming before a real genocide that could be carried out at any moment by these reptile murderers, protected and assisted by the Israeli army.
Enter the Palestinian Authority
As to Palestinians, they must not allow themselves to be beguiled or sedated by worthless statements coming from the American state department.
The neo-Nazi trio of Netanyahu, Ben-Gvir and Smotrich will not give a hoot to worthless statements coming from worthless people in Washington.
In September 1982, the Reagan administration gave solemn assurances to the PLO that no Palestinian refugees in the Beirut region would be harmed if PLO forces left Beirut.
However, when the PLO left, as part of an agreement mediated by the American envoy Phillip Habib, Israel’s Christian allies, the Phallangists, ganged up on the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps, south of Beirut, ransacking the two camps and slaughtering more than 3500 innocent men, women and children. Not a single perpetrator was prosecuted or punished for the genocidal massacre.
The Palestinians must not commit the same criminal blunder again, by trusting the US to protect our unarmed civilians from the Nazis of our time.
We need something much more concrete, much more reliable and much more certain. After all, it is our children’s lives at stake! Today, they set homes on fire while children and babies inside.
Tomorrow they will build a huge crematorium to burn our kids in broad daylight while a US State Department would regurgitate the same stale statements about Israel having the right to defend itself!
In Palestine, no peace before the slate is clean
It seems that peace in Palestine will remain confined to the realm of wishful thinking. For the vast majority of people around the world, the racist apartheid entity known as Israel is probably the most gargantuan crime against humanity ever committed in the history of mankind.
Israel was conceived in sin, misbegotten in evil when it was established nearly 75 years ago, remains completely evil today, and will always be irremediably evil, no matter how many people sing its praises.
The creation of Israel in Palestine may not be the most heinous genocidal act in history. But it is most certainly the biggest and most obscene theft ever. How else can any honest person describe the arrogation of an entire country by the British empire and surrendering it, as a (National home), on a silver platter to another people ( Zionist Jews) on the ground that these people were stateless and persecuted, especially following the tragic events of the World War II.
Indelible calamity for Palestinians
Indeed, the very creation of Israel and its malignant growth into a powerful evil entity has inflicted a huge indelible calamity to every Palestinian family.
Yes, thanks to Zionism’s triumph, thanks to overwhelming, unlimited and sustained backing by racist, anti-Islam Western powers such as UK and US, every Palestinian family had its share of the still ongoing agony, immense suffering and misery resulting from the establishment of the evil entity, which is nothing less than a protracted, unrelenting and unceasing crime against humanity.
It is probably impossible to find a single Palestinian who has escaped the impact of the Zionist Jewish crimes, still, continues unabated.
Israel: When will the Jews say Mea Culpa?
This writer’s family, for example, was forced to dwell in a cave for 20 years, following the near extermination of my father’s family in 1953. In that fateful year, Jewish terrorists massacred his three paternal uncles, Hussein, Mahmoud and Yousef not far from the village of, al-Burj, about 30 km southwest of the town of Hebron.
The three, along with other relatives, were totally innocent shepherds, grazing their folks of sheep near the armistice line. In addition to murdering my family, the Zionist murderers stole hundreds of sheep upon which our family depended on for living.
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Interestingly, up to this day, Israel, the so-called only democracy in the Middle East, has not said “Mea Culpa“! let alone paid compensations for their crimes When will the Zionist Jews say a simple sorry for their unwept victims? Perhaps when kosher pigs fly!
Yes, every single Palestinian has a story to tell about what happened to his or her immediate family, relatives, neighbours and fellow villagers.
The Zionists, notoriously selfish and narcissistic, calculated that old Palestinians who experienced the holocaust-like Nakba first-hand ( the brutal, violent extirpation of an entire people from its ancestral homeland does constitute a form of genocide), would die and the young would forget.
However, the Zionist calculations proved utterly faulty as the cause has been kept alive and living, strongly and firmly, in the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world, including in Palestine itself where close to eight million Palestinians continue to live as a thorn in the Zionists’ side despite all their nefarious designs, plots and exploits to consign our just cause to oblivion.
There are several reasons for this exemplary resilience and steadfastness on the part of the Palestinian people, including the following:
1-The colossal Nakba, was by no means a one-time event lasting for a few weeks or a few months, followed by peace or an end of hostility. The Palestinians actually never encountered circumstances or conditions conducive to making them or their descendants forget or overcome their pains. Indeed, ever since 1948, the collective Palestinian experience has been a sequence of atrocities, pogroms, repressive measures, mass internment and imprisonment, home -demolitions, land-grabbing, sporadic massacres, and similar acts of persecution and oppression. This would draw a conclusion that peace in Palestine belongs to the realm of fantasy.
The main purpose of these evil measures has always been to force the Palestinians, or significant numbers of them, to leave their homeland for good. Indeed, in many instances, the Zionist authorities offered attractive sums of money to “encourage” Palestinians to emigrate to countries such as Australia and Canada. However, very few Palestinians would swallow the Zionist bait.
The unrelenting suffering and the protracted oppression and savagery kept alight the torch of resistance even to this day as most Palestinians came to realize that they were facing two main alternatives: continued resistance even at a high price, or going into oblivion and repeating the experiment of the “American Indians” of the Middle East.
2-The second reason which enabled the Palestinians to keep their struggle alive is their strong Islamic faith. Islam encourages its followers to resist oppression and not succumb or give in to oppressors. True, Palestinian nationalism played and continues to play an important role in sustaining the resistance. However, it is amply clear that Islam is more able to provide an inexhaustible source of motivations for the increasingly religious showdown with Israel. More to the point, Palestinians feel they have a paramount religious duty to protect, defend, and liberate al-Aqsa Mosque from the claws of Zionism. Indeed, most Palestinians realize there can be no Palestine without Jerusalem and no Jerusalem without the Aqsa Mosque. Hence, their resolve to sacrifice body and soul for the liberation of Islam’s third holiest sanctuary.
No Peace without Justice, but Justice is more than impossible
Since there can be no lasting peace in Palestine without true justice that leaves the slate thoroughly clean, it would be safe to argue that reaching a genuine peace between Muslims and Zionist Jews would be as unlikely as Satan the devil entering the Garden of Eden in the company of prophets, saints, martyrs and righteous people on the Day of Judgment.
But since Satan will go to hell rather than paradise, peace in Palestine will remain confined to the realm of wishful thinking.
And even if Zionist Jews were to reach the conclusion that enough was enough, they still would have to agree to a system of redress for the egregious injustices inflicted on their victims from the very inception of the gargantuan crime against humanity.
For justice, even a semblance of justice to materialize, the Jews of the world would have to pay the Palestinians adequate and prompt reparations for the purpose of promoting justice and redressing the horrible and still ongoing crimes against the victims and their descendants up to the 10th generation. I cannot determine the exact amount of reparations and indemnification which Jews would have to pay for the victims. But an initial amount of 30-50 trillion dollars would probably suffice for a final rapprochement. Am I undergoing day-dreaming. Definitely. That is why even invoking the possibility of a real durable peace between Palestine and Israel belongs to the realm of fantasy and wishful thinking. (end)
26 Million People Affected By Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
Powerful earthquakes and aftershocks struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on the 6th and 20th of February, 2023.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 26 million people need humanitarian assistance. The death toll is climbing above 50,000 and is expected to rise as many victims remain missing.
Furthermore, the WHO calls the Turkey-Syria earthquakes the “worst natural disaster” in the region in 100 years.
Turkey-Syria Earthquake: What Happened?
On February 6th 2023, the first earthquake hit southeastern Turkey and the northern Syrian border, measuring a magnitude of 7.7. Within minutes entire cities turned into rubble. Following this, a second earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.6 hit the same region a little later.
Two weeks later, on February 20th, another earthquake of 6.4 magnitudes struck the same border area previously hit. Moreover, there have been more than 9,000 aftershocks recorded since.
The Aftermath of the Turkey-Syria Earthquakes
These earthquakes caused immeasurable devastation for an estimated 26 million people damaging and destroying homes and infrastructure, including approximately 214,000 buildings across both countries.
An estimated 240,000 rescue workers continued working in quake-hit provinces in Turkey. They persevered for weeks to find survivors trapped under rubble despite no survivors found for long periods of time. An estimated 1.9 million people are in temporary shelters, hotels, and public facilities.
As of February 25th 2023, in Turkey alone, 44,218 people died due to the earthquakes, while the announced death toll in Syria was 5,914 people.
Selective Humanitarianism During Turkey-Syria Earthquakes
The international response to the Turkey-Syria earthquake has disproportionately overlooked the Syrian people’s suffering. Syria has faced 12 years of civil war, and with international borders blocked, many Syrians received no help in the first few days after the earthquakes.
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It took over a week after the earthquakes for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to issue a three-month authorization for United Nations (UN) aid deliveries to pass through two more border crossings. These significant aid delays resulted from the regime’s influence over affected regions.
These unacceptable delays entirely defy the principles of humanitarian law. As a result, Syrians have limited access to search-and-rescue reinforcements and lifesaving aid, unnecessarily costing many precious lives. The UN has failed the people of northwest Syria, highlighting inadequacies within the current system.
The slow humanitarian response to the earthquakes severely affecting northwest Syria illustrates the inadequacy of the UN Security Council-mandated cross-border aid mechanism in Syria. Thus, this crisis highlights the urgent need for alternatives to be put in place.
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The UN Pledges a $1 Billion Appeal For Turkey-Syria Earthquakes
The UN launched a $1 billion fundraising appeal to support the humanitarian needs of those affected. This appeal fund will support Turkey’s “once in a generation disaster” for three months and a $397 million appeal to help 4.9 million people in Syria.
So far, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund has donated $11.7 million. The UN held that so far, Denmark is the only country recorded to donate aid worth $1.5 million.
Human Rights Concerns Following Turkey-Syria Earthquakes
Health infrastructure was destroyed in many places, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and typhoid. In Gaziantep, a major city in south-central Turkey, hundreds of people are sleeping in tents in different parts of town, and trash has begun to pile up in public parks where some of these tents are located.
Therefore, hygiene problems, as well as inadequate housing, are some of the biggest problems in the region. In addition, the inadequacy of public toilets and the lack of infrastructure to use these toilets increases the risk of epidemics in the region.
Children’s Rights in the Aftermath of the Earthquakes
According to UNICEF, the recent earthquakes have affected an estimated 5 million children. Natural disasters such as earthquakes have severe consequences for vulnerable groups in society, such as children.
As the recovery efforts in Syria and Turkey continue, children’s rights must be a priority. All children must have access to fundamental rights such as food, clean water, and housing. Furthermore, children’s access to education and protection from exploitation and abuse is imperative. Many children in the region are unidentifiable as they are too young to know their full names, while hundreds of children’s parents remain missing.
Implementing the general principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is of fundamental importance, especially in times of crisis.
Syrian refugees in Turkey Face Forced Return to Earthquake-Strikken Regions
An estimated 1.7 million Syrian refugees lived in the ten southern Turkish provinces devastated by the earthquakes. Unfortunately, these refugees rely on temporary or international protection status. Without prior authorization, these refugees cannot travel to other provinces.
However, following the earthquakes, Turkish authorities issued a directive allowing refugees in these ten provinces to travel to other regions, except Istanbul, for up to 90 days if they could secure their accommodation.
However, in the first few days following the disaster, many fled to Istanbul, resulting in the Directorate General of Migration Management revising its decision to a case-by-case basis due to Turkey’s economic difficulties. There has been a growing anti-Syrian sentiment in Turkey which has become the host of the world’s largest refugee population.
Following this, a second directive provided refugees with a 60-day exemption to travel to other provinces without prior authorization. The question remains as to where these Syrian refugees will return to following the expiration of the directive.
A Committed and Sustained Global Humanitarian Response is Needed
The aftermath of these devastating earthquakes requires a committed and sustained international humanitarian response. Thousands are missing, and 1.5 million are homeless without shelter, food, clean water, and access to healthcare.
The true impact of this disaster will not be fully understood for decades. The international community must step up and provide aid and relief to the earthquake victims. Most importantly, human rights protections must be at the heart of the response.
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