Aboud Dandachi, a Syrian blogger and refugee who opposes Assad, responded to the Syrian National Council’s condemnation of Netanyahu’s visit to an Israeli hospital treating Syrian wounded, by criticizing the SNC.
If you can’t even bring yourself to say thank you to medical aid from Israel, how on earth are you ever going to bring yourself to meet the greater challenge of living and let live with those Syrians who fought for the regime over the years. To say nothing of the vindication of those parties very much against any sort of help to the Syrian opposition, whom those parties see as potential adversaries in the future…
The idea that any Syrian should feel apologetic for seeking medical aid from an Israeli hospital is yet one more morally bankrupt notion in a conflict that has already laid bare the moral shortcomings of many formerly esteemed parties and movements. What would the detractors of such aid have a wounded Syrian do? Bleed to death in the name of a none-existent “resistance”?
…It is an unfortunate fact, that Israeli medical teams have done more for Syrians in the south of the country than all the opposition groups put together, to say nothing of the murderous regime that caused them to seek help in the first place.
Aboud then dismissed the BDS movement to boycott Israel.
Some Syrians, and indeed Arabs, are of the opinion that one cannot reconcile even to the slightest degree with Israel and hope to remain loyal to our Palestinian brethren and their aspirations. Frankly, it would not be unfair to say that this sort of hardline stance is most popular among those who have in reality done crap-all in a practical sense for our Palestinian brethren. By all means, go and jump on the BDS bandwagon if it assuages your guilt, and I’m sure the fact that the BDSers have a very flexible and self-serving idea of who is worthy of a boycott makes it that much easier.
But if nothing else, the past three years has taught Syrians who our real friends are. The ultimate moral and ethical test of a society is in how it treats foreign refugees, strangers who have lost everything and who can give back nothing in return except gratitude.
The BDS movement does indeed have a very flexible idea of it, considering that the godfather of the boycott movement studies in Israel