Syrian Revolution Breaks the Israeli Taboo
Decades of brainwashing in Syrian schools, universities, and in the media have depicted Israel as the entity to blame for all of the country’s domestic troubles.
The Assad regime has impoverished, arrested, and killed thousands of Syrians using Arab-Israeli conflict as the excuse, presenting itself as the last stronghold of Arab resistance against Israel. However, when the revolt against the Assad regime began in March, 2011, and the Syrian regime responded with a brutal crackdown that has left over 9,000 dead according to the UN, some Syrians started to look at Israel differently.
Syrian activist Rami Nakhle recently posted a video on his Facebook page showing an Israeli rally in support of the Syrian people and their fight for freedom. Reactions on the Syrian side were different, but many activists thanked those who organized the rally. Within a few minutes the video gained hundreds of “likes” on Rami’s page.
Syrian activist Sirwan Kajjo posted the video on his page saying:
عاشت اسرائيل حرة أبية....VIVA ISRAEL
Another activist called Ibrahim commented:
Ibrahim Khlil احدى اهداف الثورة السورية هي التعددية وتقبل الاخر الشعب الاسرائيلي ودولتها حقيقة واقعية علينا تقبلها واحترامها وبالتالي علينا النظر بكل تقدير واحترام لهكذا تاييد
One of the goals of the Syrian revolution is pluralism and acceptance of others, the people of Israel, and their existing state. We should accept and respect Israel and appreciate and value this kind of support.