Syrian Kurdish parties reject opposition leader’s comments that Kurds want a second Israel

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Kurdish YPG fighters (R) and Syrian rebels. File photo: ARA News

ARA News 

QAMISHLO – Syrian Kurdish parties have rejected the statements of Michel Kilo, a leading member of the Syrian opposition, as racism and denying the Kurdish reality in Syria. 

Michel Kilo told Madar Daily in April that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) project for federalism is a “project to divide Syria. We refuse it, even when the US support it.” The Syrian Observatory republished his statements last Friday, angering many Kurds.

According to Kilo there is no historical proof for the existence of a Kurdistan region in Syria. “This isn’t a second Israel, they cannot snatch a Kurdistan from Syria, if they try to divide Syria, we will break their backs,” he said.

Speaking to ARA News, Bader Mustafa, a member of the Kurdish Youth Movement (TCK), said: “Neither Kilo nor anyone can stop the project of Rojava [Syrian Kurdish region].”

“Some racist statements from the opposition will not change the reality. The project of Rojava is now supported internationally, and more than five powerful countries have advisers in Rojava now,” he said about Western special forces assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to defeat ISIS near Manbij and northern Raqqa.

Idris Nasan, Kurdish analyst and former senior official in the Kobani administration, told ARA News that the Kurds do not want to divide Syria.

“This is not the first time people like Kilo attack Kurds federalism, they have lost the trust of Syrians and are powerless,” he said. “Kurds are not seeking for a state or to divide Syria but they are going to fight and struggle for freedom and equality among their society. Kurds are not occupying territories, they are liberating their towns and villages beside the other Syrian components [in cooperation with other Syrian ethnic groups].”

Kamal Sido, a consultant for the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen, Germany, who recently published a report about the Kurds in Syria, told ARA News that the majority of the Kurdish society in Syria rejects the statements of Kilo. “I think he said this in order to please the Turkish government, the majority of the Kurds is against this statement of Michel Kilo,” he added. 

Even the Kurdish National Council (KNC) which is part of the Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva, rejected the statements of Kilo.

“It seems mr. Kilo wants to satisfy mr. Erdogan and Turkish leaders,” said Majdal Delli, a member of the KNC-affiliated Kurdish Unity party [also known as Yekiti in Kurdish]. The head of Yekiti, Ibrahim Biro, is currently the head of the KNC.

“Mr. Kilo refuses others [minority rights], especially for the Kurds, and this is not the first time he attacks the Kurdish people,” Delli told ARA News.

“For many years, he wrote in essays that the Kurds in Syria are like Israel, and he described the Kurds as enemies of the Arabs. His new statements do not surprise me,” he added.

However, Delli added that there are still many friends of the Kurds within the Syrian opposition. 

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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