The Long Years of Captivity in Israeli Jails Could not Undermine Al-Maqt’s Will, Challenge and Determination

The Released Syrian captive Sedqi Suleiman al-Maqt :

Born in Majdal Shams in  the occupied Syrian  Golan  on  April the 17th , 1967.

-Arrested on August  the 23rd ,  1985 and sentenced to 27 years imprisonment.

- The occupation forces released  al-Maqt in August 2012 after 27 years in the occupation prisons.

-The occupation forces  re-arrested him on February  the 25th , 2015, because he  was accused  of documenting the Israeli occupation forces cooperation with Jabhat- al-Nusra terrorists.

-  On May  the 16th in  2017, the occupation authorities issued a 14-year imprisonment  sentence against al-Maqt  after his trial was postponed dozens of times and prevented his family  from attending any  of the trial sessions.

The National Folklore magazine celebrates the Golan heritage and arts in its new issue

Damascus,(ST)- The folklore magazine devoted its sixteenth issue to folklore in the occupied Syrian Golan in its various fields and arts, in addition to talking about the resistance of its citizens their heroism and their adherence to their roots Syria.

The Ministry of Culture indicated that documenting the Golan’s heritage is a national duty that the Ministry promotes as a civilized part of its mission in the construction of an educated national person, while the editor-in-chief, Dr. Thaer Zain Al-Din, explained in his article that was entitled “A kiss on the forehead of our people in the Golan” that the popular heritage of the Golan is  amongst the richest heritage in the world, stressing the need to preserve it from loss and attempts to obliterate and falsify it.

Golan apples that go behind policy

Every year, a 50-year-old man leaves his farmland in the occupied Golan on a quiet afternoon spring and goes with his small family to the occupied town of Majdal Shams to meet a date at the village's border with relatives inside Syrian territory, carrying a basket full of apples with distinctive taste produced by his land.  But unfortunately he could only carry the loudspeaker to hear his relatives effortlessly, and without much impact from the mixing of shouts with others who have the same goal. They stand in front of gray barbed wire preventing them from passing to Syrian territory.

This is not a cinematic scene that tells the details of life in a previous era, but a reality That has been imposed since 1967 when the Syrian Golan was occupied by the Israeli occupation which will add other concerns for this man and other residents of the Golan, as a result of Washington’s  recognition of Israeli sovereignty on  the area .

Natural Treasures of the Golan

The Israeli looting of the Golan’s natural resources and agricultural goods has not stopped for a day since the military occupation and national absence for over more than half a century. The settlers seized an area of 100,000 dunums of Syrian land, used by the settlements to grow fruits and vegetables, grains and flowers, and the rest of the land was classified as natural and military reserves.

Tourism in the occupied Syrian Golan occupies the second place, which includes about 100 thousand tourist rooms, which can accommodate about one and a half million tourists annually.

Tourist Destinations in al Quneitra

The governorate of al Quneitra or Golan, south west of Syria, is 1860 square km, with al Quneitra city, as the provincial capital. The name Quneitra was derived from the Arabic word Qantara which means an arch bridge, because Quneitra is on the cross roads between Syria, Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon. The governorate has a unique diverse terrain starting by Lake Tiberias in the south 212 m below sea level which climbs up to the peak of Mt. Hermon, 2814 m above sea level in the north. This position and geography made the governorate of a special importance, geographically, historically and environmentally.