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Syria calls on UN to thwart Israel's 'separation fence' on Golan Heights -
Fence is part of IDF attempt to prevent border infiltration following September vote at UN; Syria's ambassador to United Nations says Israel trying to separate Syrian-Druze population of Golan Heights from their Syrian motherland.
The complain letter was sent to the secretary-general on August 8, the day the Syrian Army killed more than 60 protesters in the city of Deir al-Zour. On the same day, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi issued the first condemnation of the Assad regime's actions and called for an end to the killing of civilians.
By Barak Ravid 15.08.11
Israel is harming the residents of Majd al-Shams and taking over their lands in order to build a "racist separation fence," Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Ja'afari, complained last week in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The letter was sent to the secretary-general on August 8, the day the Syrian Army killed more than 60 protesters in the city of Deir al-Zour. On the same day, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi issued the first condemnation of the Assad regime's actions and called for an end to the killing of civilians.
In his letter to Ban Ki-moon, the Syrian ambassador wrote that the Israeli government was trying to separate the Syrian-Druze population of the Golan Heights from their Syrian motherland. "As instructed by my government, I wish to relay to you a complaint that the Israeli occupation authorities have begun the construction of a racist separation fence on the occupied Syrian Golan," the Syrian diplomat wrote.The ambassador noted in his letter the construction of "the separation fence" east of the village of Majd al-Shams during July. "The reason for its construction is to prevent Palestinians and Syrians from crossing the cease-fire line and reaching the occupied village of Majd al-Shams" the Syrian ambassador wrote.
The Syrians are claiming that Israel is trying to create new political and security facts on the ground in order to affect future negotiations. "This fence is creating negative implications on the lives of the citizens on the occupied Golan. This is the continuation of an aggressive Israeli policy against the citizens of the Golan, which includes expulsions, arrests and heavy fines," the letter states.The Syrian ambassador also argues that the Israeli actions are contrary to international law and constitute a violation of the disengagement of forces agreement that followed the Yom Kippur War. "Syria is calling on the UN to take all necessary steps to put an immediate end to the Israeli actions," the letter says.The fence about which the Syrians are complaining is part of Israel's beefing up of security on the Golan Heights in anticipation of possible attempts by thousands of Palestinians to cross into Israel following the vote in September at the UN General Assembly, which is expected to recognize Palestinian statehood.According to the Israel Defense Forces' "BaMahane" journal, the IDF is deploying new mine fields along the border with Syria since many failed during incidents that took place on Naqba and Naksa days.
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