Their brothers have forsaken Palestinians

I join Aaron David Miller, an author of eminence and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre, in seeking an answer. Our question is: Where are the Arab states? They have formed a united front to fight the Houthi rebels in Yemen; they responded with unprecedented alacrity to save Sana'a from falling to the insurgents but have remained stoically silent when 18,000 besieged Palestinians of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria were caught between devil and the deep sea.

Tens and thousands of people of this Palestinian camp near Damascus woke up to what the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "the deepest circle of hell" earlier this month. Masked IS men poured into the streets of Yarmouk seizing one of the most beleaguered places on earth; they slaughtered members of the militia group operating in the area in full view of terrified men, women and children.

At Yarmouk, the...

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