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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Golan Druze: The hell we'll return to Syria

One of the 22 anti-Israel resolutions passed in the recent United Nations General Assembly session called on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria. The Arab Druze residents of the Golan have a different view. Over the last year and a half, they've  been accepting Israeli citizenship in droves.
One resolution, for instance, slams Israel’s 1981 annexation of the “occupied Syrian Golan” and demands that Israel “rescind forthwith its decision.” Given what’s happening across the border in Syria, where the ongoing civil war has killed over 44,000 people and created over 500,000 refugees, I suspect most of the 20,000 Syrian Druze on the Golan are thanking their lucky stars to be living safely under Israel’s “occupation.” But you needn’t take my word for it: According to the Hebrew daily Maariv, whose report was subsequently picked up the Winnipeg Jewish Review, Israeli government statistics show that the number of Golan Druze applying for Israeli citizenship (for which the annexation made them eligible) has risen by hundreds of percent since the Syrian civil war erupted, after 30 years in which very few did so.
“More and more people comprehend that this [Israel] is a well-managed country and it’s possible to live and raise children here,” one Druze who acquired Israeli citizenship explained.
“In Syria there is mass murder, and if [the Druze are] under Syrian control they would likely be turned into the victims of these atrocities. People see murdered children and refugees fleeing to Jordan and Turkey, lacking everything, and ask themselves: Where do I want to raise my children. The answer is clear–in Israel and not Syria.”
But what the Golan’s own residents want, of course, is of no interest to the UN: It would rather Israel return the area, and its Druze, to the Syrian hellhole “forthwith.”
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At 10:13 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Israeli Left wanted to return the Golan to the Assad crime family.

With the Druze finally becoming Israeli citizens as well the Jews, we can finally say the Golan has come home to Israel!


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