The UN has been adopting resolutions condemning the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights for decades; however, Tel Aviv hasnât changed its policies and is continuing to exercise sovereignty over the disputed territory, including holding municipal elections.
Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres has presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council based on Syrian accusations against Israelâs action in the Golan Heights, saying that Israel has been burying ânuclear waste with radioactive content in 20 different areas populated by Syrian citizensâ in the occupied territory. Most of the waste has allegedly been dumped in the area near Al-Sheikh Mountain.
According to the report, this puts âthe lives and health of Syrians in the occupied Syrian Golan in jeopardyâ and violates the 4th Geneva Convention.
Israel is suspected of possessing nuclear weapons, but no evidence proving or disproving the suspicion has been presented so far. Tel Aviv has neither officially confirmed, nor denied possessing nuclear weapons.
The Golan Heights was seized by Israel from Syria during the Six-Day War, in 1967. In 1981, Tel Aviv decided to extend its laws to the occupied territory and established a civil administration in a move that drew condemnation from the UN Security Council and was labelled illegal, in terms of international law.
Israel justified the decision by saying that it was aimed at safeguarding its borders from aggressive military acts by its neighbours.
PNN further reports that, in 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Israel toÂ immediately withdraw its forces fromÂ the Golan Heights afterÂ Tel Aviv organised local elections inÂ the Golan Heights, onÂ 30 October.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (firstname.lastname@example.org)