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Demographic Upheaval: How the Syrian War is Reshaping the Region

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Demographic Upheaval: How the Syrian War is Reshaping the Region

, 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.””

 

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