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Israel’s Golan game

May 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Lebanon

Israel is planning to leave the Occupied Lebanese town of Ghajar. But not all of it.

ghajarGhajar is a town which straddles the Lebanese-Syrian border at the foothills of the Golan. It’s nowhere near Israel, but IDF troops have been occupying it for decades. Now, they are planning to leave the Lebanese part of Ghajar, but remain on the Syrian side of the town.

After the 2006 war, Israel built a fence around the town isolating it from both Lebanon and Syria. Remarkably, the 2000 people who live in Ghajar have not fled their home town, even though non residents from both sides are banned from entering – effectively meaning these people live in no-man’s-land.

Israel claims some residents hold both Israeli and Lebanese passports – although this would be illegal under the laws of both countries.

So why does Israel not want to wash its hands of the tiny town? Why leave the Lebanese section and stay in the Syrian section of Ghajar? It’s all politics.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fouad Siniora claims Israel wants to distract attention from the capture of a series of spy-networks on Lebanese soil.

Ghajar is at the base of the Golan Heights – Syrian land which Israel has occupied since 1967. And of course, Israel doesn’t want to leave one inch of Syrian land before a grand-deal is agreed, so it is stubbornly keeping its troops in the southern part of Ghajar.

And that means part of this tiny town is about to be liberated, while the other part continues to live under occupation.


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Roqayah // May 8, 2009 at 12.24 am

    Salam W Alaikum.
    Sometimes I really have to hold my tongue when reading things like this because it annoys and angers me to know end that the Golan Heights are still under Israeli occupation.
    When I was in Lebanon for the first time many years ago I stood and looked at the border they had occupied in Lebanon,threw stones etc lol
    But wallah it just leaves me frustrated to know they still occupy not only Palestine but other parts of the M.E as well.
    Allah Ysabirna ya rab

    Thank you for the post bro

  • 2 marcy newman // May 8, 2009 at 3.30 pm

    okay i’m leaving a comment to give you more avitar varieties. :)

    but i have to say what scares me about this unilateral withdrawal, if it happens, is that the more they leave the less reasons hezbollah has for its resistance. though i’m sure we will have another invasion in the near future. the zionist entity’s warmongering is far from finished…

  • 3 marcy newman // May 8, 2009 at 3.32 pm

    ok clearly the avitar thing didn’t work. my avitar didn’t show up. :(

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