Welcoming the bride

July 23, 2001

A day at the border crossing in Kuneitra, with Syrian brides who will not be able to return to their HOMEland again, female students who return in tears from Damascus, and reserve officers who are already waiting to enter Gaza. The land of the `soft' occupation.

Surrealistic situation: Newlyweds Kwather and Shadi Salman, with family members who may never see each other again. (Photo: Miki Kratsman)

One last look, one more, one more teary hug, and the bride and groom will begin to walk in the direction of the border. Ayeda and Ayub Hassan, she in a bridal gown, he in a wedding suit, are crossing the border. This morning she left her Syrian village, 80 kilometers from here; she may never see her parents, her sisters and her brothers again. She can not hold back her tears, the heavy makeup is running down her cheeks.

Police officer Azran gave the bride half an hour to take leave of her family on the road between Syria and Israel, in the demilitarized zone controlled by UN soldiers. There stood the representatives of the two families, five from each side, who were allowed to enter. The rest of the bride's family are waving from the hill on the Syrian side, the groom's family, from the hill controlled by Israel - a chorus which could be cries of gladness or of anguish, until Azran hurries them along with his bullhorn, and it's time for the last good-bye.

A short time beforehand, Nagid Farhat sat on the road, his crutches at his side. He can hardly stand; he also finds it very hard to speak, because of his illness. For five years, he hasn't seen his son, Ata, the pride and joy of the family, a journalism student at Damascus University. Now he is waiting for him here, at the entrance to the border crossing at Kuneitra.

Farhat, a resident of Bukata in the Golan, was tense. His son was late, but when he finally arrived and crossed the Israeli border checkpoint - consisting of two clerks from the Interior Ministry on white plastic chairs - Farhat suddenly jumped to his feet, raised his crutches, forgetting all his ailments for the moment. Ata, a tall, handsome young man, dressed in a dark suit, with fashionable stubble on his chin, wiped his tears. Then the two men, the father and his son the journalism student, hugged each other for a long time, although the father was about to collapse.

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 Mr. Sharon! Golan is ONLY Ours!

 The unfulfilled will of my father deep ever lives in my conscience, heart, soul and mind. Dear to my heart his death will as to be buried in his native birthplace, the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. My father’s last words, before cancer finished him two years ago were murmurs mingled with bitter tears in the loving memory of his 1967 lost village, Al-Qarana, five kilometers from Tiberias Lake. Indeed, this isn’t the wish of my father alone, but of all the Syrians, who were uprooted from their ancestors’ roots in the Golan Heights, in whose honor I named my daughter. Once I look at this very innocent child, I imagine and do see my father deep buried alive in my Golan. We have inherited not only their unfulfilled wills, wishes, unrealized dreams, desires, and ambitions; but their organic attachment to the land of the ancestors and their determination to return back HOME as long as hearts beat.

The Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights is an Arab Land since time immemorial. The Arameans inhabited the Golan Heights since the 2nd Millenium BC. The Arameans, whose capital was Damascus, established several kingdoms stretching to the southern part of Damascus and Yarmuk; then the Golan became part of the Assyrian and Chaldean. After that, the Golan came under the rule of the fifth Persian State during Kursh era; in the year 106 AD , the Golan was part of the Arab State during the Roman Age. By the end of the Nabateans kingdoms, Arab armies gathered at ‘ Al-Yaqousa’ village in the Golan Heights and defeated the Byzantines in the famous Al-Yarmuk Battle in the year 636. In 1118 the Crusaders occupied the Golan Heights save its fortified forts like ‘ Al-Ssibaya’ Fort near Banyas and ‘ Al-Hosson’ near Fiq village before Saladin Al-Ayoubbi liberated it in Hittin Battle near Tiberias. Afterwards, the Golan came under attacks by the Moguls, and then ruled by the Ottoman occupation, then the French occupation. On June5, 1067, Israeli occupation forces occupied this dear part of Syria.

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The Occupied Golan Heights under Israeli Mines Threats!!!

 On June the 5th, 2001 and in Bouqata’, a Syrian village inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, deadly Israeli mines killed another Syrian citizen, Fares Hamoud Al-Ghottani, a Syrian freedom fighter in his seventies; he joins the hundreds of the Syrians who were martyred in defense of their HOMEland, Syria. Since June 1967, the Israeli occupation troops minelayers have killed many of them.

According to a report by Samir Mizid Abo Saleh, issued recently by SANA, since 1967, 17 Syrian martyrs from the Golan Heights citizens have died; their tombs stand today as evidence of the Israeli violation of all international laws including the UN ones, Geneva Conventions, and Mine Dismantling related laws and conventions. The youngest of the martyrs was Yassimin Abo Jabal, a three-year-old child while Sheikh Ghottani was the oldest.

Yassimin Abo Jabal left her house with her 5-year old brother, Emir Abo Jabal on Mothers Day, as to collect flowers; danger was looming over because they were to threaten the so-called Israeli security. In pieces, and shattered tiny parts, both children were brought HOME when an Israeli land mine, in few meters distance from their house in Majdal Shams, exploded. Another example of the Israeli minelayers killing of children was at Ein Qiniah Village, almost a 10-year old two boys, Salim Zaidan and Hassan Omran, went for a stroll in the fields near their village, where the Israeli mines threw their bodies in pieces to the sky of the Golan Heights; they, however, would ever remain illuminating the star of the Syrian Heights decorated with the flag of their HOMEland, Syria.

At Msaa’da Village, Salha Abo Saa’da, a 60-year old mother, went to collect some vegetables from the fertile Golan Heights soil, few meters away from where she lived, she stepped on an Israeli-made and laid land mine; small pieces in bags she was put in! This was another Israeli message for death, the same message addressed by the Israelis to a three-year old boy, Bassam Yahyia Masou’d when he trod an Israeli land mine in his village.

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Syria’s Golan Heights: Can International Law Forestall A Golanian Intifada?


By Franklin Lamb

20 October, 2009

Qunaitra, Liberated Capital of the Syrian Golan Heights: Nationals from nearly one-third of the 192 member states of the United Nations met in Damascus last week to discuss the Return/Liberation of the Golan Heights. An estimated 5000 researchers, Lawyers, politicians, activists, victims of Israel’s 42 years of occupation, students and members of the public, attended the opening event in Qunaitra, the Golan capital city, which in a frenzy of frustration at being forced to return the city it had occupied since 1967 (Comment: think Gaza 2005), the Israeli ordered bulldozed, shelled, and booby trapped by its retreating forces as Qunaitra was surrendered to Syria.

The Conference heard the likes of former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark argue that the International community and rules of International law could not be clearer in requiring the full return of the 1,860 sq. meters of the Syrian territory, despite Israeli claims over the years of ‘border irregularities’

As the International Court of Justice declared in the Burkin Faso and Malie cases, two former French colonies, the frontier existing at the moment of independence, which Syria achieved in April 1946, is frozen like a snapshot taken at the exact moment of Independence.

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Nuclear threat to the Golan!!!


Syria has accused Israel of burying nuclear waste in the occupied Golan Heights, presumably in tunnels dug in Mount Hermon. Bassel Oudat reports from Damascus

In an annual report, "the Suffering of Syrian Citizens in the Golan", submitted to a UN commission investigating human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories, the Syrian Foreign Ministry has accused Israel of "the crime of burying nuclear, radioactive and poisonous waste in the Golan, exposing the population to the danger of grave illnesses." The report also notes that the "living conditions of the Syrian inhabitants of the occupied Golan are deteriorating every day."

These accusations are not new, since in August 2003 Syria also claimed that special units of the Israeli army were digging tunnels in Jabal Al-Sheikh, also known as Mount Hermon, inside the occupied Syrian territories, adding that these were meant as dumping grounds for nuclear waste. Since then, Syria has repeatedly claimed that secret tunnels in Mount Hermon are being used to dump radioactive material from Israel's Demona reactor.

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