This audio documentary features audio of the people in the village of Majdal Shams shouting across the minefield (1967 cease fire line) that separates them from their relatives in Syria.
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OR http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=19055Here’s a radio documentary from the Golan Heights recorded in July 2006 (just prior to the war on Lebanon).
This documentary features audio of the people in the village of Majdal Shams shouting across the minefield (1967 cease fire line) that separates them from their relatives in Syria.This very tangible
sound of a border, and occupation, serves as a point from which to tell this story. As you hear the Safhia family, who very graciously allowed me to record their conversation, you hear without
interpretation what it is to go on living and coping with the reality of never being able to reunite with your family. Through their bullhorns they give voice to the border through the silence of the
minefeild. Through a documentation of this border, the reality of life in the Golan comes into focus as the boundaries of land and water resources reinforce this basic structure of the occupation that
begins at the shouting mountain.
I’ve since heard from people in Majdal Shams, who are stuck very close to the center of this
conflict. The nearest town to Majdal Shams is Kiryat Shimona where Israel is firing many of the shells that are currently tearing Lebanon apart. Since the making of this documentary the situation
has deteriorated tremendously. Historically Israel has used the Syrian town of Majdal Shams as a human shield from which to attack Syria (Syria being reluctant to return fire into this very densely
populated Syrian town). If Syria somehow becomes active in this conflict it will go badly for the people in this documentary.
Something to consider, when reading the news.