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…

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 /…

Britain, Netherlands and Ireland have condemned ongoing violations of international law by Israel in the Occupied Syrian Golan that include illegal settlement expansion, natural resource exploitation, land appropriation and home demolition. Last week, Tobias Ellwood, the British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and Africa, on the subject of home demolitions, settlement expansion and…

Al-Marsad condemns plans by the Israeli government to build 1600 homes in the illegal Israeli settlement of Katzrin in the Occupied Syrian Golan. According to reports yesterday, the Israeli Finance Ministry has approved plans for the construction of 1600 homes in the illegal Israeli settlement of Katzrin in the Occupied Syrian Golan. Katzrin is the…

On 9 September 2016 Al-Marsad submitted an objection to the “Hermon National Park” plan. The objection was submitted to the Israeli District Planning Committee in Nazareth, in the name of 40 people from the Syrian villages of Majdal Shams and Ein Qynia in the Occupied Syrian Golan. The objection was submitted by Al-Marsad lawyers, Karame…

Yesterday, at approximately 11 in the morning, Israeli bulldozers, under the protection of hundreds of police officers and Special Forces, demolished the home of Mr. Bassam Jamil Ibrahim in the village of Majdal Shams, in the Occupied Syrian Golan. The Israeli authorities have justified the destruction of Mr. Bassam Ibrahim’s home on the basis that…