The Druze of the Golan heights demonstrated on Saturday against the declaration of the american president Donald Trump in favor of a recognition of Israel’s sovereignty on this territory occupied since 1967.
The us president, has been estimated Thursday on Twitter that it was “time for the United States to fully recognize the sovereignty of Israel on the Golan heights”, breaking with decades of us diplomacy in the Middle East.
Tens of thousands of Syrians fled or were expelled when Israel conquered a large part of the Golan heights in 1967 during the Six Day war, before the annexation in 1981. The international community has never recognized this annexation.
Others remained in the area controlled by Israel, where today live about 23,000 Druze –a branch of heterodox shiite islam– to the sides of 25,000 israeli settlers.
A vast majority of these Druze see themselves as Syrians and refuse to acquire the israeli nationality.
Saturday, men, women and children in druze gathered in the town of Majdal Shams, in the vicinity of the buffer zone, un separating the occupied and non-occupied syrian Golan heights.
They waved flags druze and syrians, portraits of the syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and banners on which one could read, in Arabic, “The Golan is syrian,” or “We are the ones who decide the identity of the Golan.”
For Wasef Khatar, a representative of the kurdish community, Donald Trump has made commitments on “arab land, syrian, but not israeli”.
“We reject the decision of the us president, Trump because he speaks of something that does not belong to him”, said Mr. Khatar.
The statement of Mr. Trump comes one week after the us State Department has changed its name to the syrian Golan in “controlled” and not “occupied” by Israel, a shift in semantics that had been seen by some as the prelude to a recognition of american sovereignty in israel.
This recognition has yet to materialize in the Congress or in the form of an act of the executive american.