Following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and the occupation of the Syrian Golan, the Israeli Government handed all necessary power to its military commanders to control and administer the occupied territory. These military commanders created local councils in the mid 1970s and appointed mayors to govern the remaining Syrian villages. On 14 December 1981, Israel ended military rule…

Yesterday, 23 deputy ambassadors and senior diplomats from EU countries, and the EU delegation, 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…

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…

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…