Damascus Opposition Member to Palestinians: ‘You are Living in a Paradise Compared to Syria’

Palestinian fishermen sail their boats at Gaza's seaport in Gaza City early on August 29, 2014. Israel and Hamas accepted an Egyptian proposal for a long-term ceasefire in war-torn Gaza on August 26 in a move to end 50 days of bloodshed. Restrictions imposed on Gaza fishermen are to be …

The Times of Israel reports: A rare public meeting between Israelis and Syrians in Jerusalem on Tuesday was interrupted by Palestinian protesters who expressed outrage that Syrians would work with Israelis. The protesters met with a furious response from the Syrians, who accused them of failing to understand what true oppression involves.

“You are living in a paradise compared to Syria,” Issam Zeitoun, a liaison for the Free Syrian Army with the international community, told the protesters as they refused to stop shouting and allow the event to continue. “You should be ashamed.”

The altercation occurred at a packed hall at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where a Free Syrian Army liaison and a Syrian Kurdish representative spoke to students at an event organized by the university’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

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