The Arab Human Rights Center in the Golan Heights condemned United States President Donald Trumpâ€™s tweet calling for the US to fully recognize Israelâ€™s â€śsovereigntyâ€ť over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, saying it signals a major shift in US policy that runs contrary to facts, logic, and international law, while threatening stability across the Middle East.
Israel invaded and occupied the Golan during the 1967 war against Syria that led to razing 340 out of 345 native Syrian villages and farms, and the displacement of 95 percent of the regionâ€™s population, approximately 130,000 people, according to WAFA.
â€śIsrael has illegally occupied the Syrian Golan ever since, systematically instituting policies that perpetuate the discrimination and oppression of the native Syrian population,â€ť said Al-Marsad in a statement.
â€śNumerous United Nations Security Council resolutions have condemned Israelâ€™s illegal occupation of the Syrian Golan, including resolutions 242 and 497. The US supported and voted in favor of both of these resolutions, signaling that it does not believe Israelâ€™s seizure and asserted annexation of the Syrian Golan is legitimate.â€ť
Al-Marsad said that international law is unequivocal in its outlawing of the acquisition of territory after its seizure through acts of aggression and the US has assertively supported this principle elsewhere around the globe.
It also said that Trumpâ€™s tweet claims that recognizing the occupied Syrian Golan as part of Israel is necessary for Israeli security and regional stability while in reality â€śthe only threat to security in the occupied Syrian Golan is prolonged illegal occupation and US recognition of Israelâ€™s claimed ‘sovereigntyâ€™ over the region.â€ť
Al-Marsad denounced Trumpâ€™s tweet, stressing that US recognition of the occupied Syrian Golan as part of Israel would â€śvalidate systematic human rights abuses, glorify violations of international law, and cause a major shift in US policy that will destabilize the Middle East.â€ť
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.