Yesterday, deputy ambassadors and senior diplomats from 24 EU countries, plus the EU, visited Majdal Shams, one of the five remaining Syrian villages in the occupied Golan. The visit was to learn about the serious human rights situation of the Syrian population in the occupied Golan due to the Israeli occupation and the conflict in…

Al-Marsad calls on UN Human Rights Council members to raise human rights violations committed by Israel in the occupied Syrian Golan during Israel’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in January 2018. Since Israel’s last Universal Periodic Review in 2012, it has continued to implement policies that violate the basic human rights of the Syrian population…

This week, Al-Marsad – the Arab Centre for Human Rights in the Golan Heights will begin the second leg of its advocacy tour in Europe to discuss the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan. Al-Marsad director Dr Nizar Ayoub and urban planner Dr Nazeh Brik will be in Belgium to speak about the experiences of…

This week marks the 50th year of the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan – a period which has had a catastrophic impact on the lives of the native Syrian population. Following the Israeli occupation in 1967, over 130,000 native Syrian inhabitants – approximately 95% of the population – were forcibly transferred or displaced from…

International travel companies including Lonely Planet, Booking.com and Airbnb are misrepresenting the Occupied Syrian Golan as part of Israel and are promoting accommodation and tourism in illegal Israeli settlements. The overwhelming majority of properties and activities in the Golan advertised on these websites are located in Israeli settlements – with no information provided to potential…

On 18 March 2017, Al-Marsad met with representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to discuss the health conditions of the Syrian population in the Occupied Syrian Golan. Al-Marsad provided information on discriminatory Israeli policies that negatively impact the Syrian population in the five remaining Syrian villages in the Golan, including land appropriation; restrictions on land…

Al-Marsad has published a new map (available here) of Syrian villages and farms destroyed by the Israeli occupation forces during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and the subsequent occupation of the Syrian Golan; and the Israeli settlements that were built on their ruins. The map is a product of extensive comparative research of existing sources that reveals…

It has been reported that during a meeting in Washington yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked U.S. President Donald Trump to ‘recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights’ . Al-Marsad calls on the international community to strongly reject Israel’s latest attempts to obtain international acceptance of its illegal occupation and annexation of the Syrian Golan /…