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Den israelske journalisten Uriel Heilman oppsøkte syriske flyktninger i Berlin for å høre deres syn på Israel og sin egen bakgrunn.

Han fant at de har en sekterisk tilnærming – de ser på seg selv som alawitter, drusere, kurdere, shiaer og sunnier, i stedet for syrere. Det er et poeng som også norske myndigheter bør merke seg. Krigen har økt bevisstheten om hvilken folkegruppe man tilhører. Å oppfatte seg som norsk kan sitte langt inne.

But when it came to their views on Israel, there seemed to be more conspiracy theory than political theory. And I was surprised (though I probably shouldn’t have been) that for many Syrians, the defining element of their identity is sectarian rather than national, and therefore they’re more concerned with the divides among Alawites, Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds than the divide between Arab and Jew.

“Israel and Bashar [Assad] – same-same,” said Khalid el-Hassan, a 17-year-old from the Syrian coastal city of Tartus who recently made his way to Berlin.

I tillegg har migrantene overdrevne forestillinger om hva USA kan gjøre. Det er godt å ha noen å skylde på. Hvis det ikke er USA og Obama, er det den jødiske lobbyen.

Given their experiences over the past four-plus years of civil war, the Syrians I met were less interested in talking about Israel than what they said was the West’s failure to help them.

Hadiya Suleiman, 45, a native of Deir ez-Zur in eastern Syria whose 18-year-old son was killed by a roadside bomb she said was rigged by ISIS, said she and other Syrians were happy when President Barack Obama was elected. But his inaction following the Syrian revolution changed her mind.

“I think what’s happening now is Obama’s responsibility; if Obama wanted he could stop the war,” said Suleiman, who has five surviving children.

Suleiman accused the “Jewish lobby” in America of thwarting any action on Syria, saying that US policy favors seeing the civil war drag on so that the Syrians continue killing each other. She also blamed the rise of ISIS on America’s mismanagement of its invasion of Iraq.

Dette med å tro at andre har interesse av at krigen fortsetter, er noe man ofte hører i Midtøsten. Israel har nytte av at syrere dreper hverandre, hevder man, ergo må Israel stå bak. Den type enkle forklaringer er hardnakkede.

Heilman registrerte beundring for Putin, fordi han viser handlekraft. Det beundres i Midtøsten, selv om det kanskje rammer ens egen gruppe.

De Heilman møtte, synes europeerne hadde tatt dårlig imot dem. De hadde ingen forståelse for at Europa ikke har plass til alle, eller råd.

De hadde ingen illusjoner om Golf-landene:

When I asked why Persian Gulf states weren’t taking in Syrian refugees, the answer was straightforward: “The Arabs don’t love us,” el-Hassan said.

 

 

http://www.timesofisrael.com/what-syrias-refugees-think-about-israel/