Syrian Students: Israel Dumps Toxic Waste in Golan

Published December 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Nabil Al Mulhem - Damascus 


About 200 Syrian Golan students appealed to UN chief Kofi Annan on Wednesday to help stop what they called Israel's dumping of toxic waste in the Golan Heights.  

They also claimed that Israel also distributes a kind of poisonous paint in the Golan villages “which causes cancer and embryological disorders.”  

The students, studying at Syrian universities, staged a sit-in in front of the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations to mark the 19th anniversary of Israel’s decision to annex the occupied Golan Heights.  

The protesters sent a message to Annan, demanding the implementation of UN resolutions 242, 338, and 497 calling for Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.  

They urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission to probe the case. 

According to the students, “Israel has not been able to impose its rules on the people of Golan, so they started to kill the earth and the people.” 

“The people of the four villages of the Golan heights… have struggled against the Israeli occupation with stones and with planting apple trees, as a signal of hanging on to their land,” said Hassan Halabi, a student at Damascus University. 

The Residents of the Golan Heights, mostly Druze, have rejected the Israeli citizenship, and insisted that they belong to Syria.  

Druze religious leaders have issued fatwas prohibiting any resident from accepting the Israeli ID. According to the religious ruling, said other students, a violator will be isolated socially, which means that no one will enter his home, marry his daughter, or conduct a business transaction with him, in addition to other severe punishments. 




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