Demographic Upheaval: How the Syrian War is Reshaping the Region
Pinhas Inbari, jcpa.org, June 17, 2014
- “The current political and military upheavals in the Middle East are producing new and far-reaching demographic realities.
- The communities in Syria are consolidating as the Alawite-Shiite components gain strength; the Sunnis are leaving for Lebanon and undermining Hizbullah’s status; in Jordan the relative weight of the Palestinians has declined and the “Jordan is Palestine” threat has diminished; and the West Bank is undergoing emigration pressures which will certainly be copied in Gaza if emigration is allowed.
- Some minority communities in the Levant and in Libya are expressing a positive attitude toward Israel and repudiating pan-Arabism.
- Syria is being transformed from a Sunni to a Shiite country not only demographically but also in religious terms.
- The Syrian ethnic-cleansing policy also includes the Palestinians in Syria. The regime is systematically destroying the refugee camps in Syria as one way to “cause (Sunni) emigration.””