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Druze in occupied Golan: ‘We have Syrian blood’

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Reportage. Arabs in the Golan Heights are responding with protest to Donald Trump’s recognition of their territory as part of Israel. ‘Trump can make his statements, but we know that Golan will always be part of Syria.’

written by Michele Giorgio

Topic Middle East and North Africa


March 26, 2019

Wael Tarabeih, an activist for the rights of the 25,000 Syrian Druze who have been under Israeli occupation since 1967, wants to go beyond statements of condemnation and take action to enforce international law. For the past four days, together with the Al-Marsad NGO, he has been mobilizing his community and urging journalists to cover the Golan Heights issue—and not merely on account of its connections with the conflict in Syria.

“The rejection of Trump’s announcement on the part of the international community is something important,” he said. “But here, on the occupied Golan Heights, we are concerned with the future, with the projects already approved and which Israel will implement in the coming years.”

As Taraibeh answered our questions, hundreds of residents of the four Druze villages in the Golan Heights were holding a sit-in protest, close to the armistice lines between Israel and Syria. In October, thousands of Druze marched against the organization of Israeli municipal........

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