Monday, 11 June 2012


A Black sister who works in the media asked me today: 'Why are Muslims working with israel and nato in Syria? You would have thought its a bit of a give away in terms of in whose interests the Syrian rebels are working with such allies?' I didnt really know how to reply, and said it's indicative of the low level of anti-imperialist politics in the region and especially amongst Arabs. What can you say?

Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm


Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the international community on Sunday to bolster efforts to stop the bloodshed in Syria, and said he hoped the rebels "will win" their struggle.
In an interview with Israeli public radio, Peres said the "efforts of the international community are insufficient."

"We cannot remain indifferent to the tiny coffins that contain the bodies of children," he said ahead of a trip to Washington.

"The massacres get worse each day. It's shameful. I have the deepest respect for the rebels who expose themselves to live fire and I hope that they will win."

Deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon also weighed in on the conflict in Syria on Sunday, saying the Jewish state was ready to provide humanitarian assistance.

He said Israel was shocked by the situation in its northern neighbour and was willing to provide aid, including medicines and food.

"We are in contact with the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations, and we have asked that injured people be evacuated to Jordan, where we can help them. But we are not in contact with the rebels -- that could harm them."

Israel remains formally at war with Syria, but the armistice line between the two countries has been largely quiet for years.

At the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in March last year, Israel said little publicly, with some analysts saying Assad's ouster could be bad for the Jewish state.

But in recent months, Israeli politicians have said Assad's overthrow is a matter of time and have condemned the bloodshed in Syria, offering humanitarian assistance and expressing hope that the regime's collapse could weaken the position of arch foe Iran, a staunch ally of Assad.

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