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The Golan Heights needs your help

June 16th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Media

Picture 1There is a battle going on, over at Wikipedia, over the use of the word “occupied”. You can help.

Some fans of Israel seem to think it is acceptable to call the Syrian Golan Heights – which have been occupied by the Israeli army since 1967 – as merely “disputed territory”.

There is no “dispute”, it is accepted under international law, and global public opinion – and even by some Israeli politicians – that the land is Syrian, and will have to be handed back under any Israel-Syria peace treaty.

I changed the terminology from “disputed” to “occupied”, and got caught up in an edit-war. That has forced a discussion, where users can finally settle on a word to describe the Golan.


First – re-post this on your blog.

Second – go to this page, and scroll down to the bottom. Paste this in: *”’Reply to RFC”’ (including the ” ” ) and then have your say – occupied or disputed?

At the end of the consultation, the majority opinion wins! Simple.

This may seem like a waste of time to you, but it is an important war of words. Anyone looking for an appropriate way to describe the land is likely to turn to Wikipedia. Don’t let them find that it is acceptable to call it “disputed” territory.


6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shadi // Jun 17, 2009 at 1.37 am

    This was my entry, including the code used. I would encourage everybody to freely express their views, whatever they may be, by using the link above. I would also strongly suggest users look at the preview before posting to make sure the formatting and spelling etc are correct.

    *”’Reply to RFC”’ The Golan Heights formed a part of Syria since the country’s independence in 1946 and until the [[Six-Day War]] of 1967, when it was ”occupied” by Israeli forces. Since final border settlement of Israel hasn’t yet taken place, it can be strongly argued that they remain ”occupied”, using that term . This doesn’t change the fact that they are also ”disputed” (the terms are not mutually exclusive) but gives a fuller context as to how the territory came to be disputed (because the territory was ”occupied” by Israel and no final settlement has been reached yet). They thus remain ”occupied” pending resolution of the issue ? [[User:Shades9662|Shadi]] [[[User talk:Shades9662|talk]]] 22:32, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

  • 2 norman // Jun 21, 2009 at 6.13 am

    syria should fight for the Golan if it wants back and that will make it clear to everybody that the Golan is Syrian under international law , it is like having a neighbor who has his fence on your land , if you do not contest his border he becomes the owner of your land that he has with-en his fence.

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  • 4 Jacqueline // Jul 5, 2009 at 7.42 pm

    The Golan Heights are occupied. You can change the term occupied by the term disputed, you cannot change History.

  • 5 Werner // Jul 6, 2010 at 5.27 pm

    The Golan hights are neither occupied or disputed territory since Syria attact Israel in 1967. Therefore the area became a onquered and under International Law becomes part of the winners country.

  • 6 Sasa // Jul 6, 2010 at 10.02 pm

    Werner, perhaps you should do a bit of research before you make wild claims like that. Under international law:

    “No territorial acquisition resulting from the threat or use of force shall be recognised as legal.”

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