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Letter from Al-Marsad to EU Delegation to Israel, EU Member State embassies and embassies of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, regarding international travel restrictions affecting the native Syrian population of the Occupied Syrian Golan

In March 2017, Al-Marsad wrote to the EU Delegation to Israel, EU Member State embassies and embassies of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, about the severe international travel restrictions imposed by many countries – in particular Russia, Ukraine, the United States, the United Kingdom and some EU countries – that affect the native Syrian population of the Occupied Syrian Golan. Al-Marsad called  for a policy of visa-free or visa on arrival access for the Syrian population holding permanent residency status in the Occupied Syrian Golan, on an equal basis as that of Israeli nationals.

Letter to embassies regarding travel restrictions for native Syrian residents of the Occupied Syrian Golan – EU delegation version of letter

Letter from Al-Marsad to EU Delegation to Israel, EU Member State embassies and embassies of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, regarding the planned construction of 1600 settlement units in the illegal settlement of Katzrin, and the appropriation of Syrian land under the guise of the ‘Hermon National Park’ plan, in the Occupied Syrian Golan

In November 2016, Al-Marsad wrote to the EU Delegation to Israel, EU Member State embassies and embassies of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, to inform them that the Israeli Finance Ministry has approved plans for the construction of 1600 settlement units in the illegal Israeli settlement of Katzrin in the Occupied Syrian Golan.  In addition, the letter outlined how the Israeli authorities are seeking to expropriate over 20,000 acres of land that has been used by the native Syrian residents of Majdal Shams and Ein Qynia since Ottoman rule for agriculture and urbanization. The letter calls on these countries, to strongly condemn plans for the construction of 1600 settlement units in the illegal settlement of Katzrin and the planned expropriation of Syrian land under the guise of the ‘Hermon National Park’ plan; and along with their international partners, obtain binding commitments from Israeli that it will stop these activities.

 Letter to embassies regarding expansion of illegal settlement and hermon national park plan in Occupied Syrian Golan – EU Delegation version of letter

Letters from Al-Marsad to Scottish Conservative party regarding the visit of a delegation of Conservative MSPs to a commercial winery in an illegal settlement in the Occupied Syrian Golan

In August 2016, a delegation from the Scottish Conservative party visited a commercial winery in an illegal Israeli settlement in the Occupied Syrian Golan. The delegation did not explain the reason for the visit to the winery and refused to answer whether it raised the issue of the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the Golan during its visit. Al-Marsad wrote to the Scottish Conservative party, to express its concern and to request clarification that it is opposed to the construction and expansion of illegal settlements in the Occupied Syrian Golan. The Scottish Conservative party would not explain why the delegation visited a winery in an illegal settlement, whether the delegation raised the issue of illegal settlements during the visit, or confirm whether it is opposed to the construction  and expansion of illegal settlements in the Occupied Syrian Golan.

 Letter to Scottish Conservative Party regarding visit of Conservative MSPs to a winery in an illegal settlement in the Occupied Syrian Golan – 5 September 2016

 Letter to Scottish Conservative Party regarding visit of Conservative MSPs to a winery in an illegal settlement in the Occupied Syrian Golan – 4 October 2016

Letter from Al-Marsad to EU Delegation to Israel, EU Member State embassies and embassies of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, regarding the illegal demolition of a home in the Occupied Syrian Golan

In September 2016, Al-Marsad wrote to the EU Delegation to Israel, EU Member State embassies and embassies of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council, regarding the illegal demolition of a home in the Occupied Syrian Golan by the Israeli authorities. Al-Marsad called on these countries, in line with their duty to act under international law, to urgently raise this issue and related human rights violations with the Israeli government through existing bilateral channels, and at the current session of the UN General Assembly; and obtain binding commitments that Israel will stop these activities and abide by its obligations under international law.

 Letter to embassies regarding home demolition by Israeli authorities in the Occupied Syrian Golan – EU Delegation version of letter

Letter from Al-Marsad to EU Delegation to Israel and EU Member State embassies regarding upcoming EU-Israel Association Council meeting

In May 2016, Al-Marsad wrote to the EU Delegation to Israel and EU Member State embassies concerning Israel’s discriminatory and illegal policies towards the native Syrian population in the Occupied Syrian Golan; Israel’s recent inflammatory statements regarding the sovereignty of the Occupied Syrian Golan; and continued illegal settlement expansion and exploitation of natural resources. Al-Marsad has requested that the EU raise these concerns and obtain binding commitments from Israel that it will desist from such activities, during the upcoming EU-Israel Association Council meeting.

Letter to EU Delegation to Israel and EU Member State embassies regarding EU-Israel Association Council meeting – EU Delegation version of letter

The ‘Economic’ Occupation – Illegal Settlement Production and the EU-Israel Association Agreement

Economic and political relations as between Europe and Israel have always been of a complex and charged nature.

 The ‘Economic’ Occupation – Illegal Settlement Production and the EU-Israel Association Agreement