Kassem Eid (Qusai Zakarya)

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Kassem Eid (Qusai Zakarya) is a 30 year old Palestinian Syrian rebel and human rights activist who joined the Syrian Revolution in 2011.   He arrived in the U.S. in 2014 and testified at the UN Security Council, briefed the White House, Congress, and the State Department. Kassem left the U.S. in 2016 after he applied for asylum, and he's currently a refugee living in Europe.

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The Syrian Uprising: What Role Did Social Media Play?

by Qutaiba Idlbi, Kassem Eid (Qusai Zakarya) via The Caravan
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This essay combines the first-hand experiences and analyses of two young Syrian activists.  One, Kassem Eid, survived the sarin gas attack and starvation siege of his Mouadamiya suburb of Damascus.  He has written extensively in opinion pieces on the subject of the revolution in Syria.  Qutaiba Idlbi’s work has focused on the accountability of aid organizations.  He speaks widely on the nature of the Assad regime and the cause of the opposition.  He was twice imprisoned by Assad’s intelligence services at the age of 21.