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Proletarian issue 64 (February 2015)
UN folds in the face of zionist aggression in the Golan
Israel has just started drilling for oil in that part of Syria suffering zionist occupation since 1967, the Golan Heights. Naturally enough, the Israeli company doing the drilling, Afek Oil and Gas, is a subsidiary of US company Genie Energy.

This development needs to be understood in the context of last September’s events in Golan, when the supposedly ‘demilitarised’ zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights was overrun by terrorist gangs supported by Qatar and Israel.

The Golan Heights was stolen from Syria in the 1967 war. Sooner than live up to its charter, denounce the zionist occupation of the Golan Heights and take steps to restore the annexed Syrian territory to its proper owners, the UN let the issue rankle on until 1974, when the continuing violence reached a level that threatened to destabilise the region to the detriment of the West.

The UN responded by inventing the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). Rather than oversee the end of Israel’s illegal annexation of the territory, the blue helmets were tasked with indefinitely freezing the live war between the zionist occupiers and the patriotic Syrian forces. Ever since, the UNDOF ‘peace keepers’ have been patrolling a so-called ‘area of separation’, which is over 75 kilometres long and in width varies between 10 kilometres and 200 metres. The UN’s shameful acquiescence in Israeli brigandage has persisted up to the present day.

Last autumn, however, terrorists of the al-Nusra Front, affiliated to al-Qaeda and backed by both Qatar and Israel, occupied almost all the Syrian side of the demarcation line. By the account of Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, the UNDOF forces “withdrew to the Israeli side and accepted to play the role of only watching what’s going on on the other side, which is supposedly the headquarters of UNDOF on the Syrian side and the UNDOF’s locations and positions along this line of demarcation.

“Unfortunately, the UNDOF forces evacuated suddenly their positions on the Syrian side of the line of demarcation, in violation of the mandate, and without prior consultations with the Syrian government. This act paved the opportunity for the terrorists to take over UNDOF forces’ positions, materials, equipment, and created by doing so a kind of ‘safe zone’ for the terrorists to operate against the Syrian army, departing from the UNDOF positions they occupied.” (‘Ambassador al-Ja’afari: Israelis/Qataris/Jordanians ... setting the stage for further terrorist infiltration into Syrian territory’,, 22 January 2015)

This passivity contrasts starkly with the ballyhoo raised by the UN every time the Syrian army was obliged to do the UN’s job for it, chasing terrorists out of the ‘area of separation’. But over the recent mass incursion by al-Nusra, the UN had not a word of reprimand for Israel, Qatar or Jordan – upon whose orders the terrorists act.

When the chief commander of UNDOF ordered the Filipino blue helmets to surrender and hand their weapons to the terrorists, they phoned home for a second opinion. The order came back: don’t surrender; hang on to your weapons. Syrian forces then laid down covering fire, enabling the Filipinos to scramble to a safer location.

However, the Fijians went with the UNDOF orders, surrendered and handed everything over to al-Nusra, in consequence of which the terrorists are now driving “United Nations cars, which hold the emblem of the United Nations forces in the Golan. They are using the uniforms of UNDOF, the weapons of UNDOF, the positions of UNDOF, to shell the Syrian army as well as on the Syrian villages, civilian populations.” Meanwhile, UNDOF effectively remain embedded with Israeli forces.

Behind al-Nusra lie Qatar, Jordan and Israel, and behind the whole pack of jackals lies imperialism. Against all these foul reactionary forces Syria stands firm.
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