No sooner had the dust of the recent “Sword of Jerusalem” battle between the Palestinian resistance – led by Hamas in Gaza – and the Israeli entity than the criticisms poured out. Rather, it touches insults and slander from a sect whose size and influence from the Syrian brothers towards the resistance and Hamas, with all explicit accusations of the resistance. It “became a partner in the shedding of Syrian blood.”
All this came mixed with slogans and headlines, including that the Syrians, despite their bleeding wound and their harsh conditions, did not forget Palestine for a moment, and considered its cause to be their cause, and that they were partners in the tragedy, the tragedy of occupation and displacement, and the tragedy of injustice, tyranny and criminality, and today they see the Palestinians thanking and celebrating those who supported those who supported And support for those who killed the Syrians, ie Iran.
Here, dots should be placed above the letters so that we do not remain in a sterile debate that is like grinding water, forget the real and most important battle with the Zionist project, and get caught up in draining side rivalries.
I like to say that I am “Syrian passion, and passion is Shami.” We are linked to Syria by highly intertwined social, political and cultural ties. How could it not be that Palestine was referred to before the colonial projects as “Southern Syria?!” Syria and Palestine are not two brotherly countries, but one thing, I do not say this as a way of launching emotional, resonant slogans. Rather, this is a certain fact that only an ignorant or prejudiced person can argue about.
At a time when the Egyptian public, for example, was subjected to focused awareness programming to develop a sense of “national chauvinism” – even during the time of Gamal Abdel Nasser, who raised the slogans of Arab nationalism – media campaigns against the Palestinian resistance were launched across different political eras and eras in Egypt, if they had It ended with Hamas. Perhaps it started with Fatah, especially against the second man in it at the time (Salah Khalaf-Abu Iyad), with a malicious method that excludes and forgets the enemy and the occupation.
Not to mention educational curricula and media and cultural programs that did not dedicate the issue of Palestine to its right of awareness, guidance and attention, except from the perspective of the current trends of the ruling regime.
In all those times, Syria, regardless of the ruling regime, made the Palestinian cause central and central and pushed towards popular interest in it, even if it disagreed, quarreled, or fought with a certain Palestinian party that was embracing another, without showing hostility to the Palestinian people as others did.
Before the independence and liberation of Syria from the French occupation, Sheikh Izz al-Din al-Qassam, whose position in the Palestinian and Syrian consciousness, up to the Arab and Islamic consciousness, came to Palestine, to fight the invaders in it after he fought the invaders of his hometown on the Syrian coast, and to spend a martyr on its land and embrace its pure body.
Rather, we are not exaggerating if we say that Syria considered itself the guardian of Palestine by virtue of the geopolitical relationship, and it is entitled to what other Arab countries do not have the right to with regard to the Palestinian file and its details.
This has created a kind of public awareness in Syria of the precise details of the Palestinian issue, and interaction with the course of events can only be found in Syria and Lebanon, which have a number of active Palestinian refugees in general.
The lintel is greater
For this and other reasons, the blame on the Syrian brothers is greater than that for which others may be blamed, and it is a blame that is topped with astonishment by this incitement and slander that we saw from a group of them. Limited presence inside the Palestinian territories.
We should remind the Syrian brothers who blame and even insult Hamas because of the relationship with Iran that groups and personalities of the Syrian opposition openly requested Israeli support in its struggle with the Assad regime, and some of them even crossed the red lines and visited the entity and met its leaders and media.
I do not accuse those who blame Hamas today in general terms of being of the kind who see the permissibility of this abnormal alliance with Israel.
Egypt’s opponents and Syria’s opponents
Hamas issued several statements thanking the Egyptian regime, and its security and media delegations were warmly received in Gaza, and pictures of Sisi were hung in the streets of Gaza, and we did not hear from the Egyptian brothers much or great reproach, at a time when Egyptian prisons are overcrowded with Egyptian opponents, the vast majority of whom are from The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters and sympathizers, and the scenes of the ugly massacres in Rab’a, Al-Nahda and the Republican Guard are still present in the memory, and if they are absent, the “media” reminds us of them, and the death of the elected president in his prison unjustly after the coup against him is still a pain in the throat.
As if the world, in the East and the West, had colluded in eradicating the Brotherhood, criminalizing them, crushing them, and ruthlessly erasing them from the Egyptian scene. Nevertheless, we see an understanding and even acceptance from the Egyptian opposition in general for this relationship between Hamas and the Sisi regime. Of treachery and stabbing in the back, and not based on the rule “You allied and put your hand in the hands of those who killed us.”
This is while noting what I mentioned in previous lines that the Egyptians – including the interested elites – were informed of the mysteries and details of the Palestinian cause much less than the Syrians, from whom a group of them pointed fingers at Hamas and Gaza, and accused the people of various accusations far from thinking – just thinking – Seeking an excuse for the brother, there is a difference here between the two positions.
The Syrians were beaten and beaten
The Egyptian regime has not lost anything in its struggle – which at least seems to be resolved in its favour – with the Brotherhood, especially since the Brotherhood adopted a peaceful method in their struggle with it, and there are no “safe areas” for the opposition inside Egypt.
This is in contrast to the situation or situation in Syria, where there are areas that are completely outside the regime’s control, and the opposition operates and operates in it completely freely.
Also, although the Syrian opposition had lost in its military confrontation with the regime due to external support for it – especially from Russia and Iran – it has thickened the regime’s forces and institutions and shaken its pillars, rather dislocated them and inflicted heavy losses on him from which he is unlikely to recover in the foreseeable future. His victory, he did not resolve the conflict in his favour, and he will most likely not resolve it.
In other words, one can say to those Syrian brothers who blame and attack: You, too, were in a bloody struggle with the regime, even if you said it was legitimate self-defense.
But you were killed and killed, beaten and beaten, captured and taken captive, and you had a great outside help and backer, especially in the first years of the crisis, which was not available and is still not available to the Palestinian resistance politically, militarily, financially and in the media.
An invitation to learn from the Egyptians
Did you not learn from your brothers in Egypt who received violent blows, massacred in the streets and squares and imprisoned them, without any similar point within the regime’s sights, yet you see them understand and seek excuses for their brothers in Hamas and Palestine.
On the other hand, it would be preferable if you try to understand politics from a perspective that goes a little beyond emotions and the logic of “black-white.” Iran, which supported the regime, which stood on the side of those you revolted against its oppression, corruption and tyranny, is the one that provided the Palestinian resistance with support that, in parallel, from Arab and Muslim countries only watched. Or negative sympathy or denial and ingratitude, leading to a scramble towards normalization, and even an alliance with Zionism in the ugliest images that the reader of history will be ashamed of in the future.
Nevertheless, I say: May God forgive you, and may God have mercy on our martyrs and your martyrs, and may God return the homeless and the displaced from us and you to their homes, and we ask Him to feed them from hunger and secure them from fear sooner rather than later.